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WhatsApp now back on Windows Phone store

You might have noticed that a fortnight ago, WhatsApp was unceremoniously yanked down from the Windows Phone store – but the good news is that the app is now back and up for grabs with Microsoft's mobile platform.

Initially, there wasn't much info given as to what the problem was, save that it was a "technical issue" reportedly with the Windows Phone 8.1 preview. However, a few days later Joe Belfiore, Corporate VP of Windows Phone Program Management, clarified that the issue was with Windows Phone 8 update 3 and the notifications core.

He also tweeted: "For those w Q's on Whatsapp: they pinged us about an issue that popped on notifications, we're working with them on a fix."

And that fix has now been implemented, as Belfiore noted in a tweet on Saturday: "WHATSAPP IS BACK! HAPPY WEEKEND!"

No need to shout, Joe – but indeed, the app is now live again and you can download a copy for your Windows Phone device here. Work has been done on other bug fixes, too, as well as the devs adding some new features which include chat backgrounds and privacy settings. Going by user reviews, the new version seems to have been well received.

This year, as you can't have missed, WhatsApp has been picked up by Facebook, and back in April it announced that it now has 500 million active users – so there hasn't been any sort of privacy or anti-Zuckerberg backlash (if anything quite the opposite).