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That means that on the first day of 2018, users will no longer be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts on those operating systems.

According to an FAQ page, the Facebook-owned messaging app won't support Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, or Windows Phone 8.0 and older after December 31, 2017.

From December 31st, the popular instant messaging service, which has over two billion users worldwide, will end support for BlackBerry OS (including the latest BlackBerry 10 service) and versions of Windows Phone. Then be prepared to switch to Android or iOS in 2018.

"While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future", a WhatsApp statement said.

'If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading.

For those people migrating away from the older none supported platform, WhatsApp reminded them that its app can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time. WhatsApp will not be working on your older windows phones but the devices running Windows 10 are pretty safe for now.

It also said there was now no option to transfer people's chat history between platforms.

'However, we provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email'. Blackberry OS is an extremely dated operating system (released in 1999) that powered legendary smartphones such as the Blackberry Bold. The blog post mentioned that during those times about seventy percent of the smartphones sold had Blackberry and Nokia provided operating systems.

'As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use'. While the app still works on newer Windows Phones, those users still have to reckon with the fact that Microsoft isn't too interested in updating its mobile platform.

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