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Windows 10 gets official Facebook, Facebook Messenger apps; Instagram hits Windows 10 Mobile

by Todd Haselton | April 28, 2016April 28, 2016 6:00 am PST

Microsoft announced Thursday morning that the official Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram applications are now available. Facebook and Messenger were built from the ground-up for Windows 10 on PCs and tablets, while Instagram is now officially available out of beta for Windows 10 mobile. That’s big news considering the social network has been a beta product for the past several years.

Facebook on Windows 10 will offer full support for Live Tiles, allowing you to see status updates without opening the application. Additionally, users will be able to post stickers in comments, react to updates, see reminders and more. The Messenger application supports GIFs, stickers, photos, Live tiles and desktop notifications.

Instagram is a big deal for Windows 10 mobile users, who will now receive support for search, explore, direct messaging, videos, the ability to switch accounts and even Live tiles.

“We’re thrilled to have this collection of apps available from Facebook for Windows 10 users coming to the Windows Store to download for free today and we’re excited to share that more great experiences from Facebook will be coming to Windows 10 mobile soon – stay tuned,” Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Windows marketing Tuula Rtytila said.

We haven’t had a chance to check the apps out yet, but check the Windows Store to download them now (or soon if they aren’t there just yet.)

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...