Facebook for Windows Phone 7 appears in Marketplace

Windows Phone 7 sports some pretty heavy social integration. Among all of this is its ability to connect with Facebook. The platform does this natively, leading us to believe that a dedicated Facebook app may not be necessary. However, despite the integration, many people across the blogosphere have complained that they'd rather have a separate Facebook app, just like other platforms provide.

Well, according to 1800PocketPC, an official Facebook app has made its way to the Marketplace. Confusingly, the publisher shows up as Microsoft. However, the report seems to imply that it's the official app, as it's branded with Facebook's logos. The app will give Facebook users the ability to:

"post status updates, check your news feed, review your upcoming events, manage your inbox, upload photos, publish notes, accept friend requests, and look at your friends' photos, walls, and info."

With the above in mind, it sure seems like a pretty feature rich version of Facebook for a first release. Back when Facebook launched for Android, some of the biggest gripes were its horrendous interface, lack of inbox, friends, notifications, and chat. Most of these seem to be neatly bundled into this beautifully architected Windows Phone 7 Metro UI template. Assuming it works as it should, WP7 users are sure to be quite happy with the app.

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Owen Williams said,
Microsoft officially announced this *wouldn't* be happening. Very much so doubt this.

Heh, yah, it's already on the marketplace, and loads of people have already downloaded it. Would have been preferable if they'd made it a native app though... or put a bit more thought/work into performance Aww well.

~Johnny said,

Heh, yah, it's already on the marketplace, and loads of people have already downloaded it. Would have been preferable if they'd made it a native app though... or put a bit more thought/work into performance Aww well.

What's wrong with the performance? The requirements for apps on WP7 are rather stringent in that regard so I'm rather curious. Is the startup slow? Does it take a long time to populate?

M_Lyons10 said,

What's wrong with the performance? The requirements for apps on WP7 are rather stringent in that regard so I'm rather curious. Is the startup slow? Does it take a long time to populate?

Listbox's in Silverlight... well, they're not entirely well designed - especially in regards to image loading. Whilst loading images in a listboxitem template, unless you use a custom written image loader (they haven't), the images will load on the UI thread - which is not ideal and noticeable lags the scrolling (also performed on the UI thread). In some situations this is not a problem. But this is an app that's basically all listboxes, all with images in every single row - so scrolling gets pretty choppy. They would have been better off writing a native app and using the same image loading they use in the peoples hub, they'd have better performance throughout

In fact, a lot of the WP7 Silverlight implementation could do with a good bit of tweaking to make it more suitable for phones. For instance, Taps, flicks, holds. etc aren't even supported events in the SDK, it's still "MouseUp" and "MouseDown" and such - you have to use an external toolkit just to get functionality that should really have been built in >__<

Now that Microsoft has spent all this time developing an Facebook application for the (WE ARE SORRY WE SCREWED YOU ALL OVER WITH WINDOWS MOBILE 6.5 AND GIVE US ANOTHER CHANCE) Windows Phone 7, could you please fix the fuc*ed up version of Facebook that you left behind for your current Windows Mobile folks that have 6.5 and below. It hasn't been upgraded or worked in months.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Now that Microsoft has spent all this time developing an Facebook application for the (WE ARE SORRY WE SCREWED YOU ALL OVER WITH WINDOWS MOBILE 6.5 AND GIVE US ANOTHER CHANCE) Windows Phone 7, could you please fix the fuc*ed up version of Facebook that you left behind for your current Windows Mobile folks that have 6.5 and below. It hasn't been upgraded or worked in months.

Amen dude. I defend WinMo a lot, but that Facebook app was embarrassingly bad. I couldn't believe it was developed by Microsoft.

Good to see there's options in whether or not you want FB contacts in your People hub. Choice is always good.

r1zzah said,
Good to see there's options in whether or not you want FB contacts in your People hub. Choice is always good.

Absolutely. I agree.

It looks like they did a great job keeping consistent with the WP7 UI. Looks awesome. WP7 is looking better and better.

~Johnny said,
Not that confusing... Microsoft made the official WM6 app for Facebook, and the "official" Zune HD app too .
I realize that... However, if you look at the official Facebook apps for other platforms, the developer is listed as Facebook. That's what's confusing me

Fair do's, I guess Microsoft make it themselves on their platforms instead of Facebook/Facebook contractor as a result their stake in Facebook

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
I realize that... However, if you look at the official Facebook apps for other platforms, the developer is listed as Facebook. That's what's confusing me

Agreed. But Microsoft asked a lot of their staff to dabble in WP7 app development to see what came of it. This could be the product of that. Someone put something together that they thought was worth releasing?

StandingInAlley said,
Chat and Push notifications are missing along with places. Come on, you can do better.

Push notifications probably come in the form of toasts.

looks alright in my opinion, doesnt seem to fully fit into the windows phone 7 style aside from the text and side scrolling. i thought this is what the people hub was for?

wv@gt said,
looks alright in my opinion, doesnt seem to fully fit into the windows phone 7 style aside from the text and side scrolling. i thought this is what the people hub was for?

That's about 90 percent of what the metro theme is.

ccoltmanm said,

That's about 90 percent of what the metro theme is.

thats the thing im a huge fan of the metro theme, but the facebook blue and white don't seem to fit well with the rest of the UI. I know its not something that can be easily changed though

wv@gt said,

thats the thing im a huge fan of the metro theme, but the facebook blue and white don't seem to fit well with the rest of the UI. I know its not something that can be easily changed though

Well, apps can change the background and text color all they want, it still fits with the UI guidelines. You'll see a lot of apps I think that colored the app to distinguish itself as theirs... Not everything will be on a black background.

andrewbares said,
We need Facebook CHAT please!

Well, if the latest version of WLM for Zune is any indication, it may be included in the WLM app, if not eventually in this Facebook app.

That said... I never got my WLM app on my Zune HD to work, but apparently I was the only one that had this problem.

Chsoriano said,

Well, if the latest version of WLM for Zune is any indication, it may be included in the WLM app, if not eventually in this Facebook app.

That said... I never got my WLM app on my Zune HD to work, but apparently I was the only one that had this problem.


You're not the only one. I couldn't get it to sign in

andrewbares said,
We need Facebook CHAT please!

I am really hoping for a version of Trillian for WP7. The ability to chat with anyone in any medium would just be awesome. It would be the first app I downloaded.

Calum said,

You're not the only one. I couldn't get it to sign in

An update for the app was released yesterday. I haven't had any issues, but it might fix yours.

Chsoriano said,

That said... I never got my WLM app on my Zune HD to work, but apparently I was the only one that had this problem.

Ugh. I was able to sign in, but every time I tried to access contacts, it would crash and dump me at the home screen. Seriously hope this app was not made by the same group who might make the Messenger app for WP7.

Quikboy said,

Ugh. I was able to sign in, but every time I tried to access contacts, it would crash and dump me at the home screen. Seriously hope this app was not made by the same group who might make the Messenger app for WP7.

Go to settings -> about and click send feedback after it crashes to send a crash report so it can get fixed.