Facebook has made good on its plans to embrace Windows 10, offering new apps for Messenger, Instagram, and its core social network.
The new Facebook and Messenger apps should be available on desktop and tablet PCs later today, with the former replacing the current Windows 8 version. While you could just keep using Facebook’s desktop website, the native Windows 10 apps support Live Tiles and Action Center notifications. The apps also have a slightly cleaner design than their Web counterparts, and can be pinned to the Windows task bar for faster access.
As for Instagram, Facebook is moving on from the crusty beta version for Windows Phones, and releasing a full-featured mobile app for Windows 10. The new app will support direct messages, videos, and the Explore tab for finding new things. It’ll support Live Tiles on the home screen, as well. (Unfortunately, users who aren’t getting upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile will be stuck with the old Instagram beta app.)
For now, Windows 10 Facebook and Messenger will only be available on desktops, and Instagram is only available on phones, but Facebook says its new desktop apps will be headed to Windows 10 Mobile later this year. It seems unlikely that Instagram will get a desktop version, though you can always browse your feed from the web version.
Jared Newman has been helping folks make sense of technology for over a decade, writing for PCWorld, TechHive, and elsewhere. He also publishes two newsletters, Advisorator for straightforward tech advice and Cord Cutter Weekly for saving money on TV service.