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Facebook caves in and releases a Windows 8.1 app

Just in time
Thu Oct 17 2013, 12:41
Facebook Windows 8

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook finally released an app for Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system just hours ahead of its rollout.

Up until now Facebook users running Windows 8 have had to make do without an app, and while Microsoft said that one was coming back in June, the Facebook app only appeared in the Windows Store on Thursday.

The change probably won't be radical now that Facebook has released an app though, as it looks nearly identical to the social network's website, featuring a menu on the left-hand side, Chat on the right and all of the usual buttons in the usual places.

Because it's a Windows 8.1 app, however, Facebook is keen to point out that the app is touch friendly, and unlike other, third-party social networking apps, it also comes with support for the Windows Start screen. 

Facebook has yet to give us the full rundown on features, beyond confirming that the app will allow users to "see what friends are up to" and "share statuses and photos." We'd be confused if these features were not available.

However, The Verge seems to have managed to get its hands on the app, and has revealed that it boasts Share Charm support, a feature that lets users attach the photo they're viewing to an email. It also confirmed that there is a built-in search function, much like in the social network's mobile apps. 

While it is showing in the Windows Store as Facebook for Windows 8, the app seems to require Windows 8.1 to work. If you have that on your PC or laptop following its 12pm launch in the UK, Facebook for Windows 8.1 is available to download for free. µ


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