Facebook Messenger will no longer run on devices powered by Windows Phone 8.1 or earlier. The social media giant confirms that its apps will stop working on all Windows Phone 8.1-powered handsets. Android, iOS, and Windows versions of the Messenger app are impacted by the decision.
“Using older versions of apps means that experiences won’t work well. As a result, we are asking people to upgrade so they can enjoy more of the delightful features of Messenger,” the company says.
Facebook defends its decision
Defending its decision, Facebook says the developers behind the Messenger app have spent hours making the chat app more fun for friends and family. We will introduce dozens of video calling apps, games, and bots for Messenger. The older versions of smartphones create problems for its users. If you are using an iPhone, the block will not affect you, especially if you diligently updated your operating system. In contrast, iOS users with Messenger version 8, Facebook for iOS 2011 and Facebook for iPad version 26 should start updating their devices.
Accessing social media website
Facebook is accessed by a broad range of desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Users can create personal accounts, and add friends to their profiles. The company is very concerned about the privacy of its users. As of January 2017, Facebook is the most famous social networking site. The move came just weeks after Skype pulled its support for older Windows operating systems. Microsoft also announced that it will end Skype for older Windows Phone devices.
“We regret to inform you that since the end of March, the app version you’re using is no longer supported and you cannot send or receive messages. To continue to send and receive messages from Facebook on your phone, you should update your Facebook app,” Facebook announced in a blog post.
The company’s decision sure is interesting, considering the majority of user’s phones still have the 8.1. On the other hand, Kantar claims that Windows Phone 8.1 is the most famous version of software.