Facebook app for Windows 8.1 updated with new features and improvements

Facebook released the last major update for its official Windows 8.1 app in late December. Today, a new version is now available to download and it comes with quite a few new features and improvements, many of which will please power users.

The biggest new addition, according to the app's change notes, is the ability for users to create new Facebook groups, along with a way to either join or leave previously launched groups. This is something that really should have been put into the app when it was first launched in October so this will be a welcome new addition.

The Facebook Windows 8.1 app also gives users the option to turn off the chat feature, and adds new black and white high contrast modes. Double-clicking on a photo in the app will now bring up its full resolution version and there is now some new privacy modes when people edit their Facebook posts.

If people enjoy accessing the Facebook app in Snap mode, the new version has narrower margins when used in that situation that should allow more content to be visible. Finally there are some unnamed accessibly improvements as well as bug fixes.

Microsoft recently announced that Windows Phone would get a stand alone Facebook Messenger app. However, Facebook told Neowin they had no information on if such an app will be released for the Windows 8.1 platforms as well.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Facebook

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now if they can bring this very app to windows phone... I can't stand the current one it's unreliable and I miss a ton of posts

shozilla said,
It is located under Ease of Access in the PC settings.

So you have to set the whole OS to use it and not just the app? I thought it might have been a app specific option but it looks like it's not.

George P said,

So you have to set the whole OS to use it and not just the app? I thought it might have been a app specific option but it looks like it's not.

I have not used that setting... If it is not working for you, contact Microsoft or Facebook about it. So they will fix it in the next build release.

I have no idea if the said app will have that settings ... unless it is linked to the PC settings for global settings instead of the app only. Not sure how it works because I don't have FB app on mine.

If you need 'high contrast' functionality, you do want it on a system-wide basis. And you want the apps to respect that setting.

pmbAustin said,
If you need 'high contrast' functionality, you do want it on a system-wide basis. And you want the apps to respect that setting.

That's true but for now I wish the FB app would let me change/set the size of the middle feed, on my 22" there's lots of space empty between it and the left and right sides of the app. It'd also let me "zoom" in a bit and make things bigger.