Korean chat app KakaoTalk ends support for Windows phones

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Considered the Korean WhatsApp, KakaoTalk is officially pulling the cord on Windows phone support. Unfortunately, the news of big names dropping support for Windows devices significantly outnumbers the ones introducing it this year

KakaoTalk will generate an in-app message to its Windows phone users, informing them of the disappointing news. There’s no specific reason mentioned for the action. The app will be fully functional until December 15th. However, users can access past conversations — but just won’t be able to make new ones.

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Here’s the full message:

“End of Support for Windows Phone

We regret to inform you that we are officially ending support for KakaoTalk for Windows Phone as of December 15, 2016.

Please note that you will not be able to send or receive messages but still be able to read past messages in your chatrooms.”

 

KakaoTalk earned massive acclaim in its country and like Line, Viber, and iMessage, the app is so much more than just a messaging app. It offers diverse features for enhanced communication and even allows users to spread love via exchanging gifts and paying for them using their phones. Most of these features were available on iOS and Android only. Windows users were expecting an update that would add the features to their platform, which is why the news is a huge let down for them. Considering KakaoTalk’s wide consumer base, the only reason we can think of for the app being terminated is the lack of Windows Phone consumer base and limited Windows 10 Mobile market share.

For Windows enthusiasts, there is an alternative: The Windows PC of KakaoTalk is downloadable directly from the KakaoTalk website but not from Windows Store. While it’s not the same experience, it should float your boat. Still, users are hopeful that KakaoTalk will be released as a UWP when they least expect it.

If you haven’t tried the app yet and want to find out what the fuss is about, try it here before it disappears from the Windows Store.

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