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WhatsApp to drop support for older Windows smartphones, Windows 8.1 and 10 users likely to see a major update

The Facebook-owned chat messenger is reportedly working on a major app update for Windows (8.1 and 10) platform that will bring all the latest features from both iOS and Android.

After dropping the support for devices running on Android 2.2 (or older) or iOS 6 (or older), WhatsApp has now confirmed that it will be dropping the support for Windows Phone 7 OS by June 30, 2017. The company claims that devices running on above mentioned operating systems don’t offer the capabilities which WhatsApp is planning to work in future.

Further, the official blog post read – “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 using WhatsApp.”

On the other hand, if you are using Windows 8.1 or 10 on your smartphone, WhatsApp might have something really exciting for you. The Facebook-owned chat messenger is reportedly working on a major app update for Windows (8.1 and 10) platform that will bring all the latest features from both iOS and Android. Starting with the beta version 2.17.86, WhatsApp on Windows comes with a ton of new features.

Related:WhatsApp’s new Status feature is now rolling out: Can it outgun Snapchat?

Meanwhile, the famous chat messenger also recently revamped its Status feature that now resembles Snapchat or Instagram stories in a lot of ways. While the update certainly offers what it promises, people have had mixed opinions about the same. WhatsApp has always lived up to its USP for being clean and light, however, with the new status update, WhatsApp has joined the race with Instagram and Facebook Messenger to capture Snapchat’s user base.

On the other hand, WhatsApp is also working on a new ‘Size’ tab feature which will show up all your chats which are taking up most and least space on your smartphone. The feature has already shown up in the above-mentioned Windows app update, and will basically tell you which chat is taking up the most storage, be it with the media you have shared it with the concerned person or any other content. This feature can really come in handy for those who find it hard to free up space on their smartphone and always struggle to choose the media they want to get rid of from WhatsApp.

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