Instagram on Windows Phone 8? It's not April 1st...yet…right?

Instagram on Windows Phone 8? It's not April 1st...yet…right?
Cruelty comes in many forms, many forms indeed. While Google is entertaining us with a YouTube shutdown, treasure maps and a virtual “smellovision,” Microsoft doles out a good one.

For Facebook and Instagram fans it cuts deep too. In the Windows Phone Store we see the ever popular Instagram app just waiting to be downloaded, "your #2Instawithlove prayer has been answered!"

The description promises all the goodness that has made Instagram so popular, photo filtering, easy sharing, interaction with friends along with front and back camera support. Of course, the seasoned tech folks will notice that the claimed “instant” sharing with Twitter is a bit off base since Twitter blocked Instagram from directly sharing photos on the micro-blogging network. Plus, given that Facebook has not even developed a native app for Windows Phone, it would be a stretch to think that its recently acquired subsidiary would be first out of the gate with such an app.

However, the screen shots are exactly what you might expect a native Windows Phone app to look like. It's so convincing! You can try and download the app, buy you will be told that you don’t have permission (we tried too). Finally, all hopes are dashed when you reach the bottom of the description, “And Happy April 1st 2013!..” If you want to subject yourself further, check out the Windows Phone Store page here.

Well played Microsoft, well played.

source: @anontechleaks (Twitter)



1. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

OMG, why must this be a joke?! If this was real, I would switch to Windows Phone in a heartbeat! Instagram is the ONLY major social networking app missing from the Windows Phone Store that I want.

3. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

It is coming to windows phone 8

9. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

It may never come to WinPhone8.

12. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

you want to say that it will come with windows phone blue update on all wp8 device..................

14. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

it will come to WP with an exclusive filter

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1542; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Why does Windows feel the need to cut words off and make them spread across two screens? That just looks tacky.

5. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It's to give you the visual cue there is more to the right. But I agree, it looks stupid. And it keeps going to the right without stopping.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not nice to put the joke on your fan base. A lot of windows phone users are waiting for the real instagram app.

6. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Exactly. That's not even funny. It's a big reason I'm probably going back to an android phone - lack of support.

7. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

who knows? It might become real tomorrow

15. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

I honestly have yet to find something I needed that WP8 doesn't support in some fashion. I've never used Instagram, so I've personally never needed an Instagram app. What are you needing support for (other than Instagram)?

8. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

I think some other individual developer is pulling this, since I think WP doesn't really check if the publisher name is authentic or whatever.

10. lizardpro

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 01, 2009

That link looks like the beta link. It is for devs to give out to testers. That is why it won't let us download it. Looks like a tester leaked it. Also is it does say beta

11. TheAce

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

If you click the thing at the bottom that says "Download and install manually," a file named instagram.xap is downloaded. Not sure if it does anything, though. Pretty sure you can sideload it or something.

13. lizardpro

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 01, 2009

It looks to be a hoax

16. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

How is this even funny? If this os Microsoft's April Fools joke, then they need a better sense of humor, so lame.

17. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012


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