WhatsApp messenger working on a Windows Phone client?

This could be read a few different ways but it looks like that WhatsApp may be looking to make a Windows Phone client after all. The super popular messaging client, found on the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia devices is only missing Windows Phone from its dominant lineup.

Through a recent job posting, we can see one of the job requirements for a mobile client is programming in C#. The only mobile platform that uses C# is of course, Windows Phone. So that's the good news as WhatsApp is easily the most requested program for Windows Phone that we get around here and with Mango's access to the contacts database, the company has little excuse to not do an app.

The downside is this may mean that an official app is still months out from happening, as we would think it would take a minimum of 3-4 months to get a program up an running. But we're speaking from not knowing all the details and perhaps they're looking for additional help and are not starting from scratch.

Source: WhatsApp; via Plaffo

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • You reported earlier that WhatsApp needed some key functionalities & APIs to work, currently not available on NoDo. The bulk of them will, I believe, be available on Mango; I therefore expect that WhatsApp has already been playing with Mango beta... It'd be sweet to have it released in September/October :)
  • It would be nice. Hopefully they were smart and planned this early so they could submit their app at the end of the month. If they are available early they will get a solid userbase going which will continue as those people's friends move into the platform.If they wait too long, somebody else will grab mindshare. There are quite a few out there, and while whatsapp is very good, so are a few others.
  • Amazing!Off all the apps that I have been waiting to come to the Windows Phone platform, WhatsApp ranks extremely highly.Most of my friends use this to connect with each other and the lack of WhatsApp has actually put a few of my friends off the platform.Heres hoping it comes sooner rather than later.
  • At last! I've been waiting for it since before getting my WP7.
  • Yes, this is what I've been waiting for.I used Whatsapp daily on my HTC Flyer. I definitely want it ported to WP7