This morning we informed you about a video which the guys over at WindowsBlogItalia had published. The video showed a universal Instagram app and according to the team member from the Italian tech website it was a closed beta back then and only available to a few specific users. Now it seems like the team responsible for the Instagram app has decided to publish the app and make it available in the Universal Windows Store for everyone.
As mentioned already, this is a Universal App so it will work on all your Windows 10 devices, doesn’t matter whether it is a PC, Tablet or Phone. This new Instagram app for Windows is once again a Beta app, however it brings a bunch of great features which are listed below:
- Edit photos and videos with free, custom-designed filters.
- Improve photos with 10 advanced creative tools to change brightness, contrast and saturation as well as shadows, highlights and perspective.
- Find people to follow based on the accounts and photos you already love.
- Connect with Instagrammers all over the world and keep up with their photos and videos.
- Send private photo and video messages directly to friends.
Apart from the earlier teasing videos, the release of a new Instagram app is a surprise actually. Since there is an Instagram app in the Windows store already and most of you might have assumed the company to just update the current app. However both, the design of the app, as well as the functionality of the app are suggesting that this a port of the iOS app to the Windows platform and has then been modified in order to work as a Universal app. Though not only the design of the app reminds someone of an iOS app, but also some features. With this freshly ported iOS app there is even a kind of 3D Touch build into this app. If you go to someone’s profile and long press on one of his images he has posted, you can swipe up in order to get a few extra options. This is a pretty nice little feature actually and it does of course show, how easy it actually is to implement something like Apple is calling 3D Touch. Though this feature can do a few different things on iOS, since long pressing still exists beside 3D Touch.
Instagram Beta is available for free in the Windows App Store and as you might expect it from an app which is in beta, the app comes with a couple of known issues. Nothing dramatic, tough it is worth noting:
- Facebook login
- “Share to” functionality
- Crashes/stability in creation workflow
If you can not live with these three known issues, it might be better to just stick to 6tag for now and switch later this year to the official Instagram app for Windows. Here are some screenshots of the newly released Instagram beta App.
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