Smartphone users today have more opportunities to try out in-development software than ever before. From Apple’s public iOS betas, to Android’s developer preview for Nexus hardware, to the Microsoft Insider program, users who aren’t afraid of dealing with a few rough edges can check out the latest software well in advance of any wide release. Sometimes the inevitable beta bugs are minor, and while the user experience may be a little wonky, everything’s ultimately still functional. Then again, sometimes things are so thoroughly broken that using the software at all becomes an exercise in frustration. That’s the situation we found ourselves in last month when checking out the Instagram beta app for Windows 10 Mobile. Luckily, it hasn’t taken long for the software to shed its beta cocoon and emerge as a fully realized (and let’s hope thoroughly bug-tested) app, and it hits the Windows Store today.
The app supports Live Tiles, Direct Messaging, video, and all the standard photo-and-filter goodness. We’ll have to follow up with you in terms of improved stability, but we’ve got reason to be optimistic.
Beyond the no-longer-in-beta Instagram Windows 10 Mobile app, a couple other Facebook-family apps are debuting for Windows 10, but on the PC/laptop/tablet side. Both Facebook and Messenger get the full Windows 10 app treatment, complete with notifications and Live Tile integration.
All three apps are available for download today, and Microsoft teases that “more great experiences from Facebook will be coming to Windows 10 mobile soon – stay tuned.”