As expected, WhatsApp has re-enabled the status feature for their Windows Phone app for public. This means you can set the static text as the status as before without worrying about it to vanish after 24 hours.
The option can be found under settings >> profile >> about. One thing you will quickly notice that it retains the text that you had set when you hit the update button and the new stories like status feature replaced it last month in February.
WhatsApp received a ton of complaints about the new status feature and at the same time users demanded the return of old status option side by side, and it further adds to the fact that user voice do impacts the development these days and we are only a few lines of feedback away to turn the head of the people responsible for providing an acceptable experience for a billion users around the globe.
Do let us know your thoughts in the comments below. and in case you are curious, the latest app version is v2.17.114