Instagram isn’t the only app that will no longer work on Windows phones after April 30. According to a new report from Engadget, the official Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps for Windows Phone will also be deprecated on this same date.
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to Engadget on Tuesday that Facebook will end its support for its apps on Windows Mobile starting April 30th. Windows Phone users will then have to resort to accessing Facebook or Instagram through their phone’s browser.
The Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instragram apps on the Windows 10 Microsoft Store are currently universal apps for PCs and phones, but the desktop apps will apparently remain after the Windows Phone versions are retired. WhatsApp, another Facebook property doesn’t seem to be affected by this decision: As of this writing, a support page for the Windows Phone app mentions that the app is still supported on Windows phones running Windows Phone 8.1 or newer.
With Microsoft dropping support for Windows 10 Mobile after December 2019, you can probably expect more and more Windows 10 universal apps to focus exclusively on PC users going forward. Unfortunately for Windows 10 Mobile users, switching to Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) isn’t an option as the mobile OS doesn’t fully support them.Further reading: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone