We have already got used to living in the world where keeping in touch is less of a problem even for people living in different countries miles away from each other. Today, Windows brings the availability of communication to the new level and announces official Facebook app and Messenger app for Windows 10 PCs and Tablets, and the official Instagram app for Windows 10 mobile.
According to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook was already “all in on Windows 10” last year and months later it came up with new Facebook and Messenger apps on Windows 10. It is necessary to mention that the most popular social network has an existing Windows 8 version of its desktop app. However, Facebook Windows 10 can boast of some feature additions which brings it in line with iOS and Android versions.
Facebook on Windows 10 loads your News Feed at one click away from the Start Menu, much faster than previous Facebook desktop applications. Desktop notifications allow you to stay up-to-date, besides now you can pin a new Facebook Live Tile with the latest updates from your friends and pages you follow. Facebook has even created a built-in browser to encourage users to share articles to their News Feed. Facebook on Windows 10 makes it so easy to share photos straight from your favorite apps or File Explorer.
Along with Messenger’s features you’ve already got used to – like photo sharing, stickers, group conversations and GIFs – Messenger for Windows 10 has desktop notifications so you never miss an important message. So far payments, voice / video calling, and taking new photos / video are not available with Messenger but Facebook promised to update it over time.
Instagram is rolled out with all community’s favorite features — including Direct Messaging, updated Search and Explore, Videos and Account Switching. Besides, it supports Live Tiles so there is a possibility to pin the app to home screen and get Instagram notifications straightly to the start screen.
— Instagram (@instagram) April 28, 2016
Facebook and Messenger on Windows 10 are available in the Windows Desktop App Store, and Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile is available in the Windows Phone Store. Users who have the Windows 8 app can choose either to continue to use it, or complete a free update to Windows 10.
Not long ago Facebook held the F8 conference where Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the roadmap of the most popular social network for the next 10 years. He particularly underlined the ways those technologies will help bring people together and give everyone a voice. “We are one global community,” he said. “Whether we are welcoming a refugee fleeing war or an immigrant seeking opportunity, coming together to fight a global disease like Ebola or to address climate change.”
After the performance, Zuckerberg made a post on his Facebook page saying that “even if it’s unusual for a CEO to address world issues and lay out a 10-year roadmap to improve them, I care deeply about connecting the world and bringing people together, so I wanted to put this out there. It’s different from any other speech I’ve given.”