Facebook, being one of the social media giants, have recently announced that their Facebook messenger app will soon cease its support on a number of older smartphones from as early as this week.

That said, while owners of newly released iPhone and Android devices are safe from the cessation of the messenger's operation, the company reveals that they will no longer support Windows Phone 8.1 or earlier versions of it. For those that will be affected of the said change, Facebook has already started sending out notification emails

Facebook Messenger's Cessation

On a lighter note, The Sun reports that the good thing with it is that it shouldn't affect too many people. In the past years, smartphones that are being manufactured by Windows have fallen well below the 1 percent mark in terms of the company's market share. With that, the firm has already seen a steady decline in the number of its consumers.

Meanwhile, although the app is currently not functional in the UK, Facebook has advised Windows Phone 8.1 users to update their operating system or switch to Facebook Lite. Unless they switch to the given alternative, Facebook said that Windows Phone users' only way to access the social media website is through their browser. However, it turns out that Facebook Messenger isn't the only app to stop supporting old Windows Phone handsets.

According to Trusted Reviews, earlier this year, WhatsApp has already stopped its support, followed by Skype who has been set to be cutting its support for the dated devices earlier last month. Ultimately, while Windows Phone users are facing this unwanted change, iOS and Android users are currently being treated with a raft of new features. These fresh offering from Facebook include a number of new messaging options, with a mass of animations and sticker packs.