WhatsApp returns to the Windows Phone Store

Two weeks ago, WhatsApp rather unceremoniously disappeared from the Windows Phone Store, without warning or explanation. Five days later, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore took to Twitter to reveal that the reason that the app had been pulled from the Store was that WhatsApp had contacted MS regarding various issues surrounding notifications. 

These issues were specific to Windows Phone 8 Update 3, but did not affect the newer Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers which, as Joe pointed out, uses a different notifications core to its predecessor. He added that Microsoft was working on a fix for the problems with WhatsApp, but was unable to offer any hint of when the app might return.

But today, after no doubt hearing the bitter, angry cries of many Windows Phone users for a fortnight, Joe tweeted the good news: 

The app also has a few new features, including the long-awaited chat backgrounds, custom notification tones, new privacy settings, and of course, the all-important bug fixes. 

So, the saga is over, and WhatsApp has returned to the Windows Phone Store. What are you waiting for? Go get it now!

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primexx said,
WhatsApp is a terrible app. Does it have a huge marketshare in the US or something?? Why was everybody crying over it?
Actually it's very popular in the middle east and other developing nations. Very few people in the US use it.

primexx said,
WhatsApp is a terrible app. Does it have a huge marketshare in the US or something?? Why was everybody crying over it?
It's quite popular outside the US, probably why Facebook wanted to buy it.

siah1214 said,
Actually it's very popular in the middle east and other developing nations. Very few people in the US use it.

Yeah, it's popular in the 3rd world countries like Germany, Finland, Sweden...Oh, and I also have friends in Canada using it. We're all developing (500+ million whatsapp users). :-P

Edited by sbasil, May 31 2014, 7:41am :

sbasil said,

Yeah, it's popular in the 3rd world countries like Germany, Finland, Sweden...Oh, and I also have friends in Canada using it. We're all developing (500+ million whatsapp users). :-P

Was only speaking from my own experience, I've spent very little time in Europe.

siah1214 said,

Was only speaking from my own experience, I've spent very little time in Europe.

And I was only being sarcastic. :-)

sbasil said,

Yeah, it's popular in the 3rd world countries like Germany, Finland, Sweden...Oh, and I also have friends in Canada using it. We're all developing (500+ million whatsapp users). :-P

Since when are they 3rd world countries?

OrangesOfCourse said,
Contrary to popular belief, there are people who live outside of the US.
Something Microsoft tend to forget very often.

Seeing my L820 in action, one friend ordered a 1520 and others are checking out the 930. Whatsapp missing when the new phones arrived would've been a bad impression. Good work getting the update up whatapp team.

I've switched to using Telegram. Apperently it's more secure, and I love the fact that it can be used on multiple devices simultaneously, including a desktop app.

D. FiB3R said,
I've switched to using Telegram. Apperently it's more secure, and I love the fact that it can be used on multiple devices simultaneously, including a desktop app.

It's a great app & mobile version looks pretty much exactly the same as Whatsapp. If only ppl I knew started to use it. :-)

I used Telegram for like 2 weeks but not sure if i should let my russian frds spy on my msgs let alone facebook..
Not many of my friends have converted either so not using it regularly as whatsapp

I got the updated version of WhatsApp on my phone running 8.1. When starting the first time, WhatsApp says it doesn't support this version, and not all features will work. Despite the warning, it seems to be ok.

Yeah got that too. For me it never stopped working tho so I don't know what all this ruckus was about. I was using WhatsApp on WP8, including all updates, then jumped to 8.1 - never had a glitch or crash, and I use it a lot.

Windows phone division needs more decipline . I am not sure Joe belfiore is the right guy. They need some one like panos peney.2 years and they are still pretty much on the same UI and features. Apps ecosystem still suffering

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