Facebook to scrap support for Messenger on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 at the end of March

Facebook to scrap support for Messenger on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 at the end of March
Following the demise of Skype app on Windows Phone 8.1 early this month, Microsoft is about to lose another messaging service at the end of March, Messenger.

Facebook recently started to send emails to those using Messenger on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 devices to let them know it will end support for its application at the end of this month.

The decision is not surprising considering Windows Phone market share had been shrinking to less than 1% worldwide in the last year or so. That's one more way to say Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 doesn't matter anymore, and if you're still using a smartphone powered by these OSes, then you should at least find a Windows Phone 10 device instead.

Considering the bulk of Windows Phone handsets available on the market will not be upgraded to Windows Phone 10 since they belong to the low-end range, Facebook's decision to end support for Messenger will probably affect many users for those less than 1%.

Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone 10 will still be available for download, and it will continue to receive support from the developers, so there's that.



1. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

They should scrap support for their s**tty apps on all platform.

10. cheetah2k

Posts: 2299; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

100% agree. its the biggest load of smelly a55 on the planet. The Android version is the worst!

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No surprise. Microsoft is obviously going corporate/government and there's no need for social media on those sectors. Skype for Business is still available and that's that. Continuum gives me what I need and my 6S+ is there to take up the fluff slack.

6. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Without consumer, business will fail. Business people traveling need apps. Business people networking with others need apps. MS is not going business but at this point in time their excuse for not putting out phones is working the business side. They really just want OEMs to pick up the slack. MS doesn't have much experience in the phone world, dealing with carriers or mass distribution. The OEMS are what made the PC industry a viable solution. MS didn't make hardware until they had to step in and innovate with their massive R&D budget. They would take the chances the OEMs weren't willing to take to kickstart things.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Without consumer, business will fail." Well said. I don't know what people THINK business men do with their phones, but it's largely consumer related. There are very few restrictions outside of government work, thus apps are still very much needed. Typed on my HTC One M8 for Windows running the W10 preview build.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There was a time, not too long ago, where companies forbid phones with cameras inside their buildings. The BB Classic, to be precise, was the last model I can remember to have this option. There are still many companies and government installations where BYOD is not allowed and employees must leave their personal phones behind. The NYPD is all-in on Lumia 640s as are some departments in Germany. Get used to the fact that Microsoft doesn't give a hairy rat's a$$ about consumers and they have every right to do so. Consumers didn't support them since 2010 when WP7 launched and the numbers have been dwindling ever since. BlackBerry made the right move away from the consumer market for the same reason. Just as it's a 2-horse race in the retail market, so shall it be in the enterprise sector. Except they're not the same players.

3. pixelated

Posts: 108; Member since: May 03, 2015

Using a WP8.1 device. Tried this app once. Then uninstalled it & never went back to it!

4. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I envy the windows os users. Facebook apps are rubbish. Therefore, this is good riddance to rubbish.

5. LovesCameras

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

The article is not accurate. Most win8 and win8.1 devices may upgrade to w10, including low end ones, such as the 630, with mere 512MB RAM. MS is doing to mobile win8/8.1 exactly they did to desktop win8/8.1.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

And how long before windows 10 dies off?!?

8. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Earlier versions of Android and iOS are impacted, too.

12. rocker91

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Lol good news I wish they just discontinue it for android as well

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