Months after Facebook announced its plan to develop Universal Windows Platform app for Instagram, the app has made its way to Windows 10 Mobile earlier this week. As opposed to the Instagram app for Windows Phone 8 which still missing several main features such as video and private sharing despite being released almost three year ago, we reckoned that the new Instagram app for Windows 10 Mobile is generally on par with its Android and iOS counterparts.
In fact, the interface for the Windows 10 Mobile app is rather identical to the Android and iOS version. Not to forget, the 3D Touch-like feature which allows user to take a quick peek on a photo on the app is also available on Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile alongside the app’s standard set of features such as basic photo and video editing using a selection of filters as well as the ability to share them with other users.
That being said, the app is still in early beta though. Hence, we are not surprised that it lags and crashed from time to time during our brief experience with it. Nevertheless, we can safely say that the proper official Instagram app has finally arrived on Windows family.
First introduced to the world at Nokia World 2013 which also saw the launch of Lumia 1520, 1320, and 2520, most Windows Phone users felt that Instagram for Windows Phone didn’t receive as much attention from its creator due to the lack of updates as compared to Android and iOS. Hence, most users prefer to use third party Instagram apps such as 6tag by Rudy Hyun which offers more features and updates than the official Instagram app for Windows Phone.
Then again, Facebook (which owns Instagram) iterated its commitment to Windows 10 in a massive way during Microsoft’s devices event at New York last year by unveiling its Universal Windows Apps plan for Instagram. With the arrival of Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile, we are not surprised to the app being made available for Windows 10 PCs very soon. Just hope that Instagram team will really show its commitment this time around unlike what happened to its Windows Phone 8 app.