Facebook dropping support its apps on older Windows, Windows Phone platforms

If you're still using the Facebook or Facebook Messenger apps on an older version of Windows or Windows Phone, you'll want to find an alternative soon. Facebook has announced that it is dropping support for the apps on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, along with Windows 8 and 8.1 soon.

Here's a look at the platforms and apps affected, from Facebook's Messenger blog:

  • Facebook for Windows Phone.
  • Messenger for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1.
  • Facebook for Windows 8 and 8.1 desktop app.

According to both the post and a message being sent to users, Facebook plans to retire the above apps "by the end of March." That's approaching quickly and doesn't give users much time to figure out an alternative. Facebook is still maintaining pretty active development of both apps on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, so anyone using the apps there need not worry. For anyone on the cutting block, however, you'll have to upgrade your OS or to a new device if you want to keep using Facebook's apps past March. Alternatively, you could get away with using either service in a browser.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl