Cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp currently unavailable for Windows Phone

One of WhatsApp’s(s fb) biggest strengths is that it is available on nearly every major mobile platform: messaging services work better when you know the people you correspond with can install the app in the first place. That’s why it’s important to note that WhatsApp is not currently available on Windows Phone(s msft).

While the app had previously been available for Windows Phone, last Friday the download link on the Windows Phone Store was removed and replaced with the message “This app is no longer published.” The good news for the roughly 50 million Windows Phone users worldwide is those with the app already installed can still send and receive messages.

WhatsApp had not been officially updated for Windows Phone since January, and while its beta channel received regular updates, the app had major difficulties on the Windows Phone 8.1 beta. WhatsApp users running the operating system preview had delayed notifications and received an error message every time they¬†opened the app. The first Windows Phone running 8.1, the Nokia Lumia 630, launched last week in Asia, and the update is expected to be pushed to users on June 24. While we don’t know why Whatsapp decided to pull the Windows Phone app, it is most likely a combination of bug fixes and addressing issues with 8.1 compatibility, and it’s likely to make a return soon.
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WhatsApp still lists Windows Phone as a supported platform on its website complete with FAQ, but the link takes you to the currently inactive download page. Whatsapp provided this statement to Gigaom:

Unfortunately due to technical issues related to Windows Phone platform, we have chosen to un-publish WhatsApp Messenger on the Windows Phone platform. We are working closely with Microsoft to resolve the issues and hope to return to the store shortly. We apologize to our users for the temporary inconvenience.

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