KakaoTalk has announced its plans to end support for its Windows Phone application, rendering the app unusable come December.
KakaoTalk, a dominant instant messenger in South Korea, will be unavailable from the Windows Store from December 5, 2016. While past conversations will be available after the cutoff date, the application will be unable to connect to the service.
Although the application is widely used in its country of origin, KakaoTalk is rarely seen outside of Asia. With Windows 10 Mobile having limited market share in the country, it doesn't come as a huge surprise that the service will be discontinued for the platform. While other popular messengers in the region such as Line and WeChat still support Windows 10 Mobile devices, it's clear that KakaoTalk users will have to move elsewhere to continue using the service.
Update: It appears that some users are being informed that support will be ending on December 15, while the announcement states December 5. We've reached out to Kakao for clarification and will update this post at a later date.
In the meantime, the KakaoTalk application is still available for download via the link below.
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