HIPSTER PHOTO SHARING APP Instagram could be coming to Windows Phone 8 this year, according to reports.
Instagram, for the handful who have never used it, is a photo editing and sharing application that is available for free on IOS and Android.
The Verge has reportedly heard from several unnamed sources that Instagram will be arriving on Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system. There's no mention of a release date, but it's tipped to arrive towards the end of the year.
Interestingly, the report claims that the Windows Phone 8 app is being produced by Microsoft, much like it did with Facebook and Twitter, because the Instagram team isn't all that keen on devoting its time and resources to Microsoft's struggling mobile operating system.
Given that it's being designed specifically for Windows Phone 8, it's unlikely that Instagram will be coming to devices running Windows Phone 7 or 7.8. Instagram was unavailable to comment at the time of publication.
This latest Instagram rumour follows the completion of Facebook's acquisition of the company, which cost the social network $1bn. In statements, both Facebook and Instagram reaffirmed that the service will remain a standalone app, adding more weight to the rumours of a Windows Phone 8 offering.
"While our team is making the short move to the Facebook offices, Instagram isn't going anywhere. The Instagram app and its features will stay the same one you know and love, and we'll keep working together to build a better Instagram for everyone," an Instagram spokesperson said. µ