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Facebook for Windows Phone leaves beta with major redesign in tow

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Tue Jul 02 2013, 12:05
Facebook 5.0 for Windows Phone on Nokia Lumia 720

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook's Windows Phone app has finally left beta status, with a redesign and new features in tow.

After receiving feedback through its Facebook Beta programme, which Facebook firm launched for Android this week, Microsoft has released its Facebook 5.0 app for Windows Phone into its Windows Store.

The updated app features a design overhaul, bringing it in line with its iOS and Android counterparts, complete with a new navigation bar, chat panel, support for high-resolution photos and, according to Microsoft, improved navigation throughout the app.

"This major update brings a ton of new features and improvements that many of you have been asking for, including a complete overhaul of the user interface," Microsoft's Michal Stroh said in a blog post.

Facebook 5.0 for Windows Phone also boasts support for sharing posts, Facebook Timeline view and overall speed and performance enhancements.

The update has already received some good reviews in the Windows Store. One user said, "the new update is worth six stars", while another said, "Finally an update worth waiting for. I was seriously considering going back to IOS since they get all the latest versions of every app. This new update puts it 5 steps closer to the iOS version."

Facebook for Windows Phone 5.0 is available to download for free, and is compatible with devices running Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8. Microsoft said that it will release a Windows Phone 7 version this summer, for those still rocking a Nokia Lumia 800 handset.

This update comes just days after it was revealed that Facebook owned Instagram is coming to the Windows Phone operating system, although it's unlikely to arrive any time soon. µ


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