KakaoTalk is one of the many cross-platform messaging services available and even though it’s not that big in other parts of the world, it’s one of the market leaders in South Korea. There were reports earlier this year that KakoTalk was thinking about discontinuing its Windows Phone application. It has gone ahead and done just that. KakoTalk for Windows Phone is no more.
This is a familiar store for Windows Phone users as the platform continues to lose market share and developers no longer see any value in creating or supporting apps for it. KakaoTalk is just the latest in the long list of apps that no longer exist for Microsoft’s mobile platform.
The majority of KakaoTalk’s user base resides in Asia and it’s a market where Windows Phone market share is nominal as it is. Since the service isn’t that popular outside that region it doesn’t really make any sense for it to keep supporting the app for a platform that’s not going to take off in its backyard.
The Windows Store listing for KakaoTalk has now been removed and while users who have the app installed on their devices are able to read previous chats, they’re not able to send or receive any messages now since the app no longer communicates with Kakao’s servers.