Facebook, Messenger and Instagram Gets Standalone Windows App


Facebook Inc, the social network company, has launched standalone Windows 10 apps for Facebook and Messenger, and Windows 10 Mobile app for Instagram.

All three apps come with the most up-to-date features and are designed to load quickly and easily.

Some of the features of the Windows 10 Facebook app includes quick access to favourite features, faster load time of News Feed – much faster than previous Facebook desktop apps – desktop notifications, and Facebook Live Tile, which shows the latest updates from friends, family and Pages you follow.

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Other features are easy sharing of photos to Facebook straight from favourite apps or File Explorer, Reactions, stickers in comments, a right-hand column that shows birthday & event reminders, trending topics and more, and in-app browser to make it easier for people to read and share multiple articles from their News Feed.

The Messenger for Windows 10 app spots features such as stickers, group conversations and GIFs, which are favourite Messenger features, native desktop notifications for a more richer and complete experience and a Live Tile so users can see when they have messages waiting for them.

Messenger with Device Shadow

As for the Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile app, favourite features such as Instagram Direct, Explore and video are included. The app also supports Live Tiles, which shows users updates right on their home screen.

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The Facebook and Messenger for Windows 10 apps will both be available for download in the Windows Desktop App Store¹ while Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile will be available in the Windows Phone Store.

Later in the year, Facebook Inc will roll out the Windows 10 Phone Facebook and Messenger apps.

¹ The older Facebook Windows 8 listing in the Windows Store will be replaced with the new Facebook Windows 10 app. 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.

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