Earlier this year, we learned that KakaoTalk, a dominant messenger in South Korea, was looking to officially terminate its Windows Phone application. It now appears that the company has gone through with its plans, rendering the app inoperative on Windows Phone devices.

Although the messaging service is widely used in its country of origin, KakaoTalk has a relatively small fraction of its user base located outside of Asia. With Windows 10 Mobile already having little market share in the region, Kakao's decision doesn't come as a huge surprise. For those in the area, other popular services such as WeChat and LINE still have functional applications available.

Following the its retirement, KakaoTalk's Windows Store listing has now been removed. While those who have the app already installed are able to navigate and read previous chats, the app fails to communicate with the Kakao service. This prevents the sending and receiving of any messages, simply leaving the application as a time capsule for old conversations.

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