Facebook and Microsoft point to each other about Windows 8

Windows 8 has probably been the most controversial version of the Microsoft operating system in the company's history; our own Brad Sams took a shot at reviewing the hybrid desktop/tablet OS.

Official apps on Windows 8 are going to become a big thing, due to the company including a Windows App Store. The app store is constantly expanding, including some of the more popular mobile games out there, such as Cut the Rope. Yet one massive presence has been missing - Facebook.

It seems that Facebook might not be coming to Windows 8 as an official app, with Facebook releasing a statement to go to Microsoft ("We only build the iOS and Android FB apps. You should check in with Microsoft on anything related to Windows 8").

The secrecy makes it very hard to gauge whether there's a real Facebook app, for both companies already have a rather cosy relationship. Microsoft owns 1.7% of the Palo Alto-based social network, and in turn, that same social network bought $550,000,000's worth of patents from Microsoft. That's just over half an Instagram, folks!

For something that could appeal to a lot of Facebook users it is strange that there's so much silence. Surely one of the two companies would be working on something? Neither company can really say they lack the cash to work on the idea.

Source: VentureBeat
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Does FB have to be so arrogant against a major share holder?

Its like they just refuse to make Windows apps

Also TBH most of what I need to use FB for is all done via the People hub anyway The app would be nice but atm this does not effect me as an end user... I still think FB should go abit more cross platform...

I thought MS sold their shares of FB?


Microsoft owns 1.7% of the Palo Alto-based social network

I might be wrong, though, I'll look for a source

Edit: yeah, according to Neowin, they offloaded 20% of their 1.6% share = .8 * 1.6 ~ 1.3% stake. not a big difference (just about 6.6 million shares ) but just wanted to point it out

Microsoft, here's a free idea: you can already pin a website to the start screen. Go one more and create a way to make live tiles that are updated via web content. I'm thinking of some kind of almost widget api that can display info on a live tile. Call it Live Favorites or something.

icwhatudidthere said,
Microsoft, here's a free idea: you can already pin a website to the start screen. Go one more and create a way to make live tiles that are updated via web content. I'm thinking of some kind of almost widget api that can display info on a live tile. Call it Live Favorites or something.

They already have an API that will do that, I'll try to find a link to it for you

edit: yep, here you go: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u...rary/hh880842(v=vs.85).aspx http://www.buildmypinnedsite.com/en

Am I missing something? They've already created a WP7 app, surely making it compatible with Windows 8 wouldn't be that big of a hassle?

Mathachew said,
Am I missing something? They've already created a WP7 app, surely making it compatible with Windows 8 wouldn't be that big of a hassle?

That app is made by Microsoft (OR CLarityConsolting by Microsoft or something like that)

brent3000 said,

That app is made by Microsoft (OR CLarityConsolting by Microsoft or something like that)

Ah, thanks for the clarification. Still, whoever made it has already has the ground work effectively done.

There is a need for an app, because there is no way to post to Facebook or Twitter from the People app. I can't believe how poor the Windows 8 People app is compared to what is included in Windows Phone.

xpxp2002 said,
There is a need for an app, because there is no way to post to Facebook or Twitter from the People app. I can't believe how poor the Windows 8 People app is compared to what is included in Windows Phone.

Not true. Go into the people app and click/touch your own picture

Lord Method Man said,
Again with the "we need an 'app' for everything" nonsense.

Again with somebody who hasn't thought the whole argument through.

The facebook website is clunky to use at best on tablets and touch devices. We need either an app, or a mobile version of the facebook site that's designed with bigger controls for touch.

pikablu0530 said,
In the first BUILD keynote, the PCs Steve Ballmer logged into had a Facebook app installed.

You sure it wasn't just a pinned site?

TCLN Ryster said,

You sure it wasn't just a pinned site?


I noticed this too and was surprised no one posted articles on it! It definitely was an app, not a pinned site. It was a large FB icon, which you don't see on the site.

j2006 said,

I noticed this too and was surprised no one posted articles on it! It definitely was an app, not a pinned site. It was a large FB icon, which you don't see on the site.
Interesting - maybe this is why Facebook is deferring to Microsoft? Maybe they're building a FB app themselves?

After reading through the comments, I'm surprised not a single thread mentions the commercial argument/benefit for Facebook to build an app for Win8!! As you may all know, FB is now a publicly traded company that has seen it share value drop considerably from it's IPO. FB is trying to find a way to monetize its mobile offering in some fashion. This is still a challenge for a company the size of FB to make a profit, let alone, breakeven on smartphone devices using the current advertising model for apps. If they are/were to make a Win8 app, FB will need to figure out a clever way to integrate advertising in some form to allow their big clients, such as GM, to signup given that the volume will allow them to see a ROI.

Remember that Windows 8 is a tablet OS as, there needs to be an app for the same reason there is one on the iPad and Android tableta. You can't look at it from a desktop point of view.

Its in the peoples hub already for the most part you can see all your feeds and post with out an app. So maybe FB is like you integrated it already why should we build something. MS is saying we connect to all your feeds and you can post just like in the phone but if you want people to see it as FB build your own app. I'll just use the browser and pin it to the start screen. Problem solved.

Facebook probably want users to stick with the web version because they haven't gotten their stuff together regarding adverts in their mobile apps.

So basically people want a web browser with its home-page set to Facebook embedded in a window that does not look like a web browser so they can call it an "app" and be one of the cool kids...

There is already an app. It's called http://www.facebook.com. Pin it to your start screen, let IE open it full screen and there you go. Everything else is built-in the OS itself. What exactly would a Windows 8-specific app bring that isn't already available?

Fine with me. The dedicated iOS and Android apps are crap. Can't share, can't delete or hide posts. I'll stick with the website on the tablet, thanks.

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