Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile ditches beta tag; draws parity with iOS and Android versions

Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile ditches beta tag; draws parity with iOS and Android versions
The numerous incarnations of Microsoft's mobile platform have generally shared the same shortcoming—a distinct lack of apps. The fact that Redmond cannot boast millions of titles like Google and Apple is, in itself, not that big of a deal. But many of the gaps pertain to very basic, bread-and-butter applications—a problem that has greatly handicapped Windows' battle against the Big Two. Instagram has long been an issue for Windows-based users of the image and video-sharing network, though a clean, crisp rendition of the app has just been officially launched for Windows 10 Mobile. 

The new version of the app, which has been in beta on Windows 10 Mobile for a couple of weeks now, finally brings Windows users up to speed with their Android and iOS-rocking counterparts. As such, it looks and feels just like the Google Play and App store versions, and also now also enjoys video support. 

Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile ditches beta tag; draws parity with iOS and Android versions

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A new, official Facebook app for Windows 10 Mobile is also on its way according to the Menlo Park company, and presumably, Messenger will also be a part of that bargain. At present, Microsoft's in-house Facebook app covers those looking to connect through the world's foremost social network. But Facebook now appears to be getting its act together, and we'll keep you posted on any further progress.

Meanwhile, you can grab the new Instagram app as a free download for Windows 10 Mobile here

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16 Comments

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

FINALLY! Now I'm seeing some SOLID progress from developers regarding Windows Mobile... First came Twitter. And here we are with Instagram and Facebook... And What'sApp with 'Actionable Notifications" is rumoured to be in the pipeline too... Actionable Notifications are just brilliant, and something even Android lacks...! For now, at least... And Skype's tight integration with The OS rivals Apple iMessage... With a MUCH MUCH broader user base than Apple's... Can't wait for The Surface Phone, honestly!

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21345; Member since: May 28, 2014

Android has had actionable notifications for quite some time. Developers haven't taken full advantage for it in their apps. http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/06/02/ios-8-was-unveiled-today-does-android-have-anything-to-be-envious-of-a-long-summary-and-analysis/

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I don't use Instagram or Twitter but it's refreshing to see the dev support picking up. Insider build 14327 brought the Messaging Everywhere feature and that alone is worth the price of admission. Just downloaded 14332 last night and the bugs from 14328 are mostly gone except for Hey Cortana.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@Crispin_Gatieza I'm not on the inside program, because of bugs. I'm an old man who waits patiently for the final build... But I see the appeal!!!

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

They do have much slower rings to try out....good thing is you can always revert back to 8.x if need be. Done it a few times for fresh installs/updates.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm an old man too. I already suffered a heart attack at 46 so I don't wait around for anything anymore. If it's there for the taking, I take it.

7. Tziggy14

Posts: 622; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

People buy iPhones and Android because they are synonymous with "millions of apps". Windows 10 will always be viewed as "no apps" no matter how much they gain. Plus the Microsoft association will put a lot of people off.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I find it to be the opposite when I mention a windows device. When I say, we even have a windows phone. They instantly look up....'really'. And not in a bad way but in a way that makes their mind think 'easy'. I always get the "oh well my pc is windows so it would be easy to pick up" Which it almost always is. The big turn off is apps, unfortunately. Its the random apps that just don't exist on WP.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21345; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice to see developers are realizing that Windows 10 for Mobile is a worthwhile platform to develop for. There is a lot of potential here, and it's refreshing to see an OS different from Android and iOS get shown some developer love.

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@meanestgenius Is that a compliment In hearing from you regarding Windows Mobile? That wasn't so difficult, was it?! Well, guess it's meaner mods to blame... Everyone is being so nice lately! Including... Me???

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21345; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you check around, you'll see that I've always had positive things to say about Microsoft's OS. I've been a Windows user dating all the way back handsets like the HTC Wing, Shift, the Samsung Omnia's 1&2, the HTC Shadow, Motorola Q (loved the physical keyboard!), HTC Titan 1&2, HTC HD2, a plethora of Lumia handsets dating back to the Lumia 900, to my current Windows for Mobile handset, the Lumia 640XL. I've actually been a Windows user longer than I've been a BlackBerry user.

15. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@meanestgenius (I know, I don't have to "@". I'm just trying to annoy you, HeHe! And do tell me if its working or not...)... That's quite a list, buddy! All I've ever used is Lumia 430... Thinking about upgrading to 650 when the price drops... Snapdragon 212 for $200 doesn't sound very tempting, now does it?

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

@GreenMan It's not the CPU you need to worry about on Windows phones, it's the RAM. While 1GB was good enough for WP8/8.1, it's marginal on Windows 10. Like meanest, I'm a veteran of Microsoft's mobile offerings as well as BlackBerry and my all-time favorite, webOS.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21345; Member since: May 28, 2014

WebOS was awesome, and truly before its time. It's a complete and utter shame how it ended up.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I don't see much of any difference. Unless you throw apps on the card, they hardly 'resume'. I notice resume pops up more when the app is on the SD Card. I use both a 1520 and 640xl, just got the BOGO 950 deal.

19. alierna

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 06, 2016

happy news. Lumia Rules!

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