Back in 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $16 billion when the service had 450 million active users. Today, Facebook’s Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced on Facebook that WhatsApp now has 1 billion users. Zuckerberg stated:
One billion people now use WhatsApp. Congrats to Jan, Brian and everyone who helped reach this milestone!
WhatsApp’s community has more than doubled since joining Facebook. We’ve added the ability for you to call loved ones far away. We’ve dropped the subscription fee and made WhatsApp completely free. Next, we’re going to work to connect more people around the world and make it easier to communicate with businesses.
There are only a few services that connect more than a billion people. This milestone is an important step towards connecting the entire world.
WhatsApp’s founder and CEO, Jan Koum tweeted (nope, he didn’t use Facebook):
one billion users and not a single Crunchie award. Leo, I feel your pain brother… @LeoDiCaprio
— jan koum (@jankoum) February 1, 2016
This is, obviously, a huge milestone for the service. WhatsApp is expected to team up with companies to expand its service’s features in the near future, which will be very interesting.
As if to celebrate the milestone, the company has also released an update for their app, to version 2.12.266.
The update brings the features from the beta, including the new Emojis and new background behaviour, to the mainstream of the app.
Find that update in the Windows Store here.