Facebook, Messenger & Instagram Get Windows 10 Apps

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Facebook just announced new Windows 10 apps for Facebook and Messenger on desktop and Instagram on mobile. The apps, the company says, will load quickly within Windows and have the most up-to-date features.

"We built the new Windows 10 Facebook app so it’s fast and easy to access your favorite features," says product manager Davis Fields. "Facebook is one click away from the Start Menu, and the app starts and loads your News Feed much faster than previous Facebook desktop applications. You can stay up-to-date with Facebook through desktop notifications, and you can pin a new Facebook Live Tile which shows you the latest updates from your friends, family and Pages you follow. It’s also easy to share photos to Facebook straight from your favorite apps or File Explorer."

"To keep your conversations going wherever you are, we’re also rolling out a Messenger app," he says. "Along with many of your favorite Messenger features – like stickers, group conversations and GIFs – Messenger for Windows has native desktop notifications that make your experience richer and more complete. You also can see when you have messages waiting for you with a Live Tile."

As Messenger becomes a more important tool to businesses as Facebook plans, it's going to be increasingly critical that it gives users of all major platforms a good user experience. The same goes for Instagram.

The new Instagram mobile app for Windows includes Instagram Direct, Explore and video as well as support for Live Tiles, which show you updates on your home screen.

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