Facebook to Kill Support for Messenger on Windows Phone 8.1 and 8 by the End of March

By March 27th, 2017 AT 10:33 AM

There’s no denying the fact that Windows Phone share has seen a downfall in the last couple of years or so. Facebook has started sending out emails to customers who are using the Facebook Messenger on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 saying that the official support is going to end by March 2017 and after that, users can’t use the application on their phones.


For the uninitiated, Microsoft recently scrapped the support of Skype app on Windows Phone 8.1, and Facebook’s blow will further increase the woes of Windows Phone. That said, Windows Phone market share has been down to 1 percent globally and will soon fade away, says some reports.

However, the Facebook Messenger will support the Windows Phone 10 platform, and there are no words yet on when the social networking giant is planning to kill the support for the most recent OS.

“Thank you for choosing to use Messenger.We regret to inform you that since the end of March, the app version you’re using is no longer supported and you can not send and receive messages. To continue to send and receive messages from Facebook on your phone, update your Facebook app to the latest version,” said Facebook in the email sent to customers of Windows Phone 8.1 and 8.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform did not enjoy the success as the Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS as it always lacked several features and most importantly, there were no app developers to maintain the apps, which was a huge setback for the Redmond giant. The company acquired Nokia, but that did not change the fortunes of both companies.

If the rumours are believed to be true, Microsoft is working on the Surface Phone to reenter the market, and the phone is slated to release in Q4 2017.

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