It looked as though the hugely popular instant messaging program known as WhatsApp was removed from the Windows Phone Store over the weekend, with WhatsApp as well as Microsoft remaining mum on any particular reason that it was removed. If one were to perform a search for the app on both Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 devices, no results could be found, although the listing still remains on the Windows Phone Store website, it is accompanied by a message that reads, “This app is no longer published” – that means, you are unable to install the app on your smartphone.
Download links in rival app stores, however, do seem to be business as usual. Windows Phone also continues to be listed as a supported platform on the WhatsApp site. As for existing users of WhatsApp on Windows Phone, fret not – the app does not seem to appear as though it is going through some sort of downtime, although it does have its fair share of hiccups when running on the Windows Phone 8.1 platform.
Apparently, WhatsApp has allegedly sent an email to a registered member of the WhatsApp for Windows Phone beta program, citing that the app has been removed for a few hours from the store so that the developer could fix a bunch of known bugs, with said email apparently sent by a certain James M. Kinsley of the WhatsApp team.