Update: Aloha! We bring happy tidings. WhatsApp is back on the Windows store. But you could still use some of these alternatives, in case you are looking for one.
Earlier this month WhatsApp was pulled from the Windows Phone Store. Both Microsoft and WhatsApp are working to fix the bugs and put it back on the store again. But hey, its been 2 weeks!
Message to WhatsApp doesn’t bring much of a comfort though:
“Thanks for your message.
Unfortunately due to technical issues, we have chosen to unpublish temporarily WhatsApp Messenger on the Windows platform. We are working closely with Microsoft to resolve the issues and hope to return to the store shortly. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience. Unfortunately we cannot comment on any future timelines, sorry. Thank you for your continued patience and support of WhatsApp.
WhatsApp Support Team”
Those who already have the app can continue to use it, but those who don’t have, well you need a WhatsApp alternative. Here are they:
Two days ago, the official client of Telegram Messenger made its way to the Windows Phone Store. In addition to chat capabilities, Telegram Messenger offers several other things you might find interesting. It promises full encryption over the messages you’ve sent and gives you the option to create a backup of all the messages on the cloud. It also sports a self-destruct kind of feature that may prove to be useful for many users. You can download Telegram Messenger from here.
Boasting of over 440 million users across 231 nations, LINE is a very strong competitor to WhatsApp. While the other social juggernaut is currently unavailable, you might find LINE to be very interesting. Much like WhatsApp, LINE too is available across several platforms, including and especially Windows and Mac, which is a key differentiator. Grab the LINE app from Store.
Another feature, which gives LINE an upper hand over other instant messaging apps is its free voice calling. The new version has a Metro-esque look and lots of emoticons that you would find interesting.
WeChat is yet another alternative one could look into right now. It has a userbase of over 300 million users.
WeChat offers several features that just aren’t available elsewhere. In addition to the voice calling through the app, it also allows free video calling. It has a walkie-talkie mode which allows you to connect to 40 people at once. In its recent updates, the app has made its location sharing mechanism better. Snag the updated version of WeChat from here.
Speaking of instant messaging services, how can one forget Skype? The service that Microsoft bought a couple of years ago, allows you free video calls in high definition to other Skype users. You might be pleased to know that it recently made group video calls free among Skype users. Download Skype app for Windows Phone from here.
Another alternative to WhatsApp is hike. Launched in 2012, the app recently crossed the 15 million users mark. The homegrown app, in addition to general chat features, allows you to send text messages to other non-hike users – a feature that is fairly popular in our country. Couple of weeks ago, Bharti Softbank invested $14 million dollar to scale the app’s operation. You can download the Hike app from here.
Noteworthy mention: You can also check Viber for Windows Phone.
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