By Davis Fields, Product Manager, Facebook
There are many people using Facebook, Messenger and Instagram on Windows, so today we’re excited to rollout Windows 10 Apps for Facebook and Messenger on desktop and Instagram on mobile. These new apps will load quickly and easily within Windows and have the most up-to-date features.
Facebook for Windows 10
We built the new Windows 10 Facebook app so it’s fast and easy to access your favorite features. Facebook is one click away from the Start Menu, and the app starts and loads your News Feed much faster than previous Facebook desktop applications. You can stay up-to-date with Facebook through desktop notifications, and you can pin a new Facebook Live Tile which shows you the latest updates from your friends, family and Pages you follow. It’s also easy to share photos to Facebook straight from your favorite apps or File Explorer.
We included the latest Facebook features in the new app, including Reactions, stickers in comments, and a right-hand column that shows birthday & event reminders, trending topics and more. We built an in-app browser to make it easier for people to read and share multiple articles from their News Feed.
Messenger for Windows 10
To keep your conversations going wherever you are, we’re also rolling out a Messenger app. Along with many of your favorite Messenger features – like stickers, group conversations and GIFs – Messenger for Windows has native desktop notifications that make your experience richer and more complete. You also can see when you have messages waiting for you with a Live Tile.
Instagram for Windows 10
When we first built Instagram for Windows, we were focused on bringing the app’s core features to the Windows Phone community as quickly as possible. Today, we’re rolling out Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile with all of the community’s favorite features — including Instagram Direct, Explore and video.
You’ll also see that Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile supports Live Tiles, showing you updates right on your home screen.
Facebook and Messenger for Windows 10 will both be available later today in the Windows Desktop App Store, and Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile will be available later today in the Windows Phone Store. We’ll be replacing the older Facebook Windows 8 listing in the Windows Store with the new Facebook Windows 10 app, using the below logo. People who have the Windows 8 app can choose to continue to use it, use Facebook in the browser or complete a free update to Windows 10. Later this year we’re excited to roll out the Windows 10 Phone Facebook and Messenger apps.
We hope you enjoy!