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

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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13 Comments

1. joeymk

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 26, 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

10. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

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

13. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 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.

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

3. GuitarPlayer

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Yeah! Have some bugs, but is very good.

4. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

5. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 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....

9. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

6. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

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

7. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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!

8. poping unregistered

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

11. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

nice to see Facebook giving WP some love

12. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

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

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