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WhatsApp downed from Windows Phone store by “technical issues”

WhatsApp has been removed from the Windows Phone store after “technical issues” with the popular messaging app were found when it is used on Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

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Developers working on a beta version of the app on the Windows Phone 8.1 OS preview version discovered that it doesn’t run as it should and it some cases it doesn’t work at all on the new version of the OS.

PCPro reports that even though the app still works on Windows Phone 8, it has been completely removed from the app store and trying to search it out simply returns an error message reading: “We couldn't find a match. Try a different spelling or search term.”

A comment provided to Windows Phone Central shed a glimmer of light on the situation when it stated: "Unfortunately due to technical issues, we have chosen to un-publish WhatsApp Messenger on the Windows Phone platform. We are working closely with Microsoft to resolve the issues and hope to return to the store shortly. We apologize to our users for the temporary inconvenience."

The issues shouldn’t affect anyone that has already downloaded the app and that will be some comfort to its new owner Facebook that knows any time off the app store could result in a loss of users to other services that may never return.

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Facebook purchased WhatsApp for the princely sum of $19 billion [£11.2 billion] back in February in a deal that has been lambasted from some angles for both its cost and also the fact that moving over to Facebook could open up WhatsApp users to snooping. A German privacy watchdog gave this is as a reason to uninstall WhatsApp on smartphones due to the fact it could leave users open to theft of this kind.