Is your phone running on Windows Mobile software? If yes, here’s some bad news coming your way. WhatsApp has officially announced that it will end support on devices that run on Windows Mobile software.

This update comes after several Microsoft users complained about being unable to create new WhatsApp accounts since earlier this year. It turns out, Microsoft saw this coming— after stating the intent to kill off its software and urging users to switch over to iPhone or android in January, owing to its lack of app support.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has a history of severing support to devices that don’t seem to offer the features that sync with the app’s features in the future. In 2018, the messaging app stopped supporting all Blackberry OS devices, began discontinuing support for older Windows-based phones.

About what’s in store in 2020; WhatsApp will go ahead with stopping support for older Apple and Android devices. As per a recent report, Android 2.3.7 which was termed Gingerbread was launched in 2010. Currently, it is only running on about 0.3 percent of Android devices, according to Google. 

Going by reports on Apple; only 7 percent of devices are running a version of its mobile operating system older than iOS 12 - which was released in 2018.

Several users expressed their displeasure at WhatsApp’s new policies. What ticked people off was the fact that no efforts were made to retain users who weren’t in the position to make a switch. Addressing the same; WhatsApp ran a statement: “This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones.”

On the other hand; WhatsApp will continue to offer support for devices running Android 4.0.3 onwards and iPhones running iOS 9 and onwards. What needs to be noted is that the Windows Phone operating system was launched in October 2010 and was soon succeeded by Windows 10 Mobile in the year 2015.

In 2017, Microsoft hinted at how the running of Windows 10 Mobile would eventually stop owing to a lack of market penetration and a lack of interest from app developers. Despite a lull, Microsoft evoked surprise by announcing the firm’s plan to make a big return in 2020.