WhatsApp has announced that it will stop working on all phones running Microsoft Windows operating system from Tuesday December 31, 2019.
The company said this was because it no longer actively develops for the Windows mobile operating systems and would not be publishing updates or new features.
Earlier in the year 2019, Facebook, the owner of the platform, had stopped users from being able to create new WhatsApp accounts.
It has been observed that Facebook was gradually phasing out WhatsApp support for various smartphone devices since 2018 as part of a drive to add more advanced features.
WhatsApp says it is removing support for devices that don’t offer the kind of capabilities it needs to expand the app’s features in the future.
It removed support for older Windows-based phones at the beginning of 2018, at the same time as it stopped supporting all BlackBerry OS devices.
In 2020 WhatsApp will remove support for older Apple and Android devices.
Android versions 2.3.7 and older, as well as iOS 8 and older will lose support for the messaging service on February 1, 2020.
Android 2.3.7 was known as Gingerbread and launched in 2010. It is only running on about 0.3 per cent of Android devices, according to Google.
According to Apple only 7 per cent of devices are running a version of its mobile operating system older than iOS 12 – which was released in 2018.