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Microsoft inviting beta testers for new Facebook application for Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft inviting beta testers for new Facebook application for Windows Phone 8
Facebook for Windows Phone is going through a major overhaul, and not too soon either. Despite the smooth flow and elegant user experience of Windows Phone applications, the Facebook app is severely lacking in features compared to the native applications available for iOS and Android.

Facebook for Windows Phone is developed by Microsoft, not Facebook itself, making it a third-party app essentially. Microsoft, to its credit, is responding to user feedback and has version 5.0.1 available for beta testing.

The best part is that anyone can download and use this version while keeping the current version on their device. Microsoft asks that people that download and use the beta provide feedback via Settings>>About in the application.

Microsoft also gives fair warning, if you do not like it when apps crash, this probably is not the program for you. However, looking at user feedback so far in the Windows Phone Store, initial impressions are significantly positive. When you see the difference in the interface, that feedback could be just a “star struck” effect from seeing something new with added functionality. Of course, the new look is basically an image from iOS or Android, and that may have some Windows Phone purists concerned.

New features are aplenty, including support for high-resolution photos, post sharing, and Facebook Timeline. There is no word on how long this beta program will last. Also, the app supports English language only, though there is no indication that the beta is restricted to US users only.

The beta cannot be found by searching the store. You can either go to the source link below and direct your Windows Phone there or point your Windows Phone 8 device and install it manually here.

Share with us what you think and do not forget to leave feedback with Microsoft via the app.

source: Windows Phone Blog

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posted on 30 Apr 2013, 18:41 8

1. joeymk (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)

i'v been using this all day, and so far i have only positive feedback. Great news for windows phone users. To shame that is only on wp8

posted on 01 May 2013, 05:22 2

10. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

Yep, i'm going crazy right now. Damn this Windows 7.8 FB app!

posted on 01 May 2013, 12:30 1

13. omar300 (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)

i dont understand. why was there a need of disliking on this comment? phonearena has some weird readers who just love to dislike anything.
that said. yea the new facebook is back to native looking like facebook but the texts are too big. just found that weird.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 20:30 1

2. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Microsoft great job. still more popular apps and games are coming in May. wait for it.....!!!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 20:44 1

3. GuitarPlayer (Posts: 36; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)

Yeah! Have some bugs, but is very good.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 21:46

4. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

they should do the same thing for BB10 as well!! and to other OSes

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 23:37 2

5. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 371; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

wp is an good os but its not on par with Android or Symbian....I tried Lumia 710 for 10 months and sold it. i will switch to wp maybe after 2-3 yrs. depending on how they improve it....

posted on 01 May 2013, 04:08

9. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)

Lumia 710 is outdated, why bother trying out an old phone? You should try the best windows phone 8 device in store. It's like walking into Switch and tell the sales person you want to 'test' an iPhone 4.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 23:46 1

6. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)

Really like the new features. But i really liked the look of the former ui, much sleeker and unique.

posted on 01 May 2013, 00:39 1

7. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

I grew used to the ui of the old app, and I did like the picture banners on top, but I really like this beta!

posted on 01 May 2013, 04:07 1

8. poping (unregistered)

wow! great news for wp8...! keep the good news coming and i might consider wp8 a secondary device...

posted on 01 May 2013, 05:44 1

11. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

nice to see Facebook giving WP some love

posted on 01 May 2013, 07:19 1

12. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

nice to have a improved FB app, but leaving the metro style behind is rly sad =(

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