More good news from Microsoft’s Build 2013 developers conference: Windows 8 tablets will finally get an official Facebook app later this year. CEO Steve Ballmer broke the news during his keynote today, though he didn’t reveal when the application will launch. CNET reports that the app will likely arrive on Windows 8 this fall after speaking with a Facebook representative.
The app will be designed by Facebook developers and is set to replace a number of unofficial applications from third-party companies that Windows 8 users have been forced to endure in the mean time. The prolonged wait for an official app from the social network was particularly bizarre considering that Microsoft owns a stake in the company, suggesting Zuckerberg may have been uncomfortable with the Windows 8 design.
However, the Facebook co-creator appears ready to support Microsoft’s new operating system, which Ballmer revealed today will hit 100,000 apps later this month. The company’s CEO also announced that official apps for Flipboard and NFL Fantasy Football are incoming as well.