Facebook, Messenger, Instagram apps debut on Windows 10

Facebook brings three new apps to Windows 10, separates Facebook and Messenger.

Published Thu, Apr 28 2016 3:10 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:00 PM CST

At long last, Facebook is today releasing its new Facebook app for Windows 10 desktop as well as a Messenger app. On mobile, its Instagram app debuts.

Facebook, Messenger, Instagram apps debut on Windows 10 | TweakTown.com

The Facebook app is available now and features a smaller style layout than with the previous app, which was very in your face. This one is much more efficient for taking in a lot of information and navigating between different sections. As well, performance is much improved with snappy loading of images as well as between clicks. Feature-wise, it supports Live Tiles for at a glance updates, Reactions, stickers in comments, and you can share photos to it through File Explorer (click the Share tab at the top of the window), among other things.

The Messenger app is available now and of course features chat functionality, which is now separate from the Facebook app. Native desktop notifications are listed as a feature; in my brief experience, they're much more reliable than with the previous Facebook app. Live Tiles are also supported. Design-wise, it's now in line with the mobile app (complete with smaller font size), which happens to work well on desktop. As with the new Facebook app, performance is much improved.

Finally, the Instagram app includes a load of features: Instagram Direct, Explore, video, and Live Tiles. Grab it later today in the Windows Phone Store.

NEWS SOURCE:newsroom.fb.com

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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