WhatsApp is preparing to fully drop support for Windows phones by the end of 2019. In an update to a blog post that revealed the end of support for older operating systems in 2016, WhatsApp now says it will drop support for all Windows phone operating systems, including Windows 10 Mobile, on December 31, 2019 (via MSPU).
In addition to all Windows phone versions, WhatsApp added expiration dates of February 1, 2020, for Android versions 2.3.7 and older, as well as iOS 7 and older.
"Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time," WhatsApp says. While the app may initially continue to work, you'll likely start encountering major bugs as WhatsApp continues to make changes on its end and Windows phone grows stale.
Windows 10 Mobile itself is set to lose support from Microsoft in December, so it's not entirely surprising to see another app abandoning the platform. You will, however, be able to continue using the WhatsApp desktop app going forward.
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