Facebook for Windows Phone gets big update

If you own any smartphone on the market, chances are there's a Facebook app that you use a lot and that includes Windows Phone-based devices. Today, Microsoft has announced that a new update to the Windows Phone Facebook app is now available to download from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

The 2.5 update adds a number of new features, many of which will be welcome news to power Facebook users. The Windows Phone Facebook app now has the ability to let users "like" comments. The new app version also adds full-threaded Facebook messaging and even for group messages.

The updated app also allows users to tag their friends using 'with' and ‘at’ formats. If you don't want to see a particular comment or news post, the updated app now lets people delete them. There's also been some updates to commenting and "likes" on photo pages that now match those on posts comments and "likes" pages.

Facebook doesn't directly develop the Windows Phone app; that's actually done by Microsoft itself. It's  clear that the company sees that having a well designed and feature rich Facebook app is important for Windows Phone users.

Source: Microsoft Phone Marketplace | Image via Microsoft

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the app is finally getting better. just add speed improvements and it'll be great! i remember when i first got the WP over a year ago... the FB app was total garbage

You could not like on a Win Phone until now. 'Like' (thumb up icon) is a baseline facebook activity. Poor Win Phone users.

derekaw said,
You could not like on a Win Phone until now. 'Like' (thumb up icon) is a baseline facebook activity. Poor Win Phone users.

Reading comprehension is not your friend uh?

WP7 has had the Like ability in the People Hub of the phone, without a Facebook App, something Android and iOS still cannot do.

The feature they are talking about is being able to 'like' specific comments from a post, which is a newer facebook feature as well.

Sad that a non-WP7 user would not have this basic understanding of WP7 and Facebook, because they might have bought a WP7 phone if they realized it still does things Android and iOS cannot do, like 'Like' without a Facebook App, and use Facebook Services without a transition to the browser like Android does for authentication and photo uploading, etc etc...

derekaw said,
You could not like on a Win Phone until now. 'Like' (thumb up icon) is a baseline facebook activity. Poor Win Phone users.

On wp7 you can comment, like posts, share, chat and more WITH OUT a facebook app...

Hw about Facebook get off their high horse and updating their pathetic-excuse-for-an-app Android and iOS versions! Those versions of their app suck SO BAD, it crashes my wifes' Desire HD and and is painfully-slow on my iPhone 4! With each "update" on those platforms, the app has been getting worse and worse, to the point we're both ready to close our FB accounts!

Facebook, FIX THIS!

-=MagMan=- said,
Hw about Facebook get off their high horse and updating their pathetic-excuse-for-an-app Android and iOS versions! Those versions of their app suck SO BAD, it crashes my wifes' Desire HD and and is painfully-slow on my iPhone 4! With each "update" on those platforms, the app has been getting worse and worse, to the point we're both ready to close our FB accounts!

Facebook, FIX THIS!

This is why Microsoft codes the WP7 Facebook App...

Petition Apple or HTC to code the facebook App if you want them to get better.

The trick with Facebook is they don't really care beyond delivering basic functionality in the App. So the the best Facebook App is to use your Browser and either 'mobile or desktop' mode, on either the iPhone or Android phone, it is going to be a much better experience than an App. Then you only 'need' the App for notifications and other things the Web Interface can't do to integrate into the phone OS.

Even on WP7, as good as the integration is, and the Facebook App is, the best experience is still the IE9 browser in desktop mode at the web site. It covers all the tiny and little hidden features that Apps do not have. Like advance account management settings and other things the social App was not meant to provide.


Weird, I didn't get the update notification on my Marketplace tile, but when I searched the app it gave me option to update.

testing it out over lunch, if my carrier network holds up....

deadonthefloor said,
Weird, I didn't get the update notification on my Marketplace tile, but when I searched the app it gave me option to update.

testing it out over lunch, if my carrier network holds up....

Exactly this is what I've done too, and after I saw your comment, pretty weird.

SubZenit said,

Exactly this is what I've done too, and after I saw your comment, pretty weird.

Sometimes it just takes a couple of days for the update to trickle through to the phone, by going to the Marketplace and searching for the App it just does a force check.

TheDisneyMagic said,

Sometimes it just takes a couple of days for the update to trickle through to the phone, by going to the Marketplace and searching for the App it just does a force check.

Exactly. Usually within a day I get the update notification. It doesn't push it out instantaneously.

DClark said,
Did anyone else get this a few days ago? I thought it was weird that Neowin didn't make an article about it.

I just noticed it thanks to this article..

Overdue, happy these changes have arrive. All that remains is to workout the delayed to the point of being useless facebook notifications on Windows Phone. v3.0 should take care of that. Don't know if its the app or Facebook.

Just tried it and it's AWESOME!! love this!!
I don't use Facebook that often anyway, but when I do I just use the built-in functionality in my Windows Phone... but now this app has become more useful.

j2006 said,
Just tried it and it's AWESOME!! love this!!
I don't use Facebook that often anyway, but when I do I just use the built-in functionality in my Windows Phone... but now this app has become more useful.

Yeah, I use the built in functionality as well. I use this app on occasion if the OS can't do something, like delete things people post on my wall (Which the app still cannot do after the update. Only things you have posted... *sigh*)...

Well managed to get a connection and do the update now, the little nag I had with photos seems to be resolved the app feels much faster after the quick look I just gave it.

TheDisneyMagic said,
Well managed to get a connection and do the update now, the little nag I had with photos seems to be resolved the app feels much faster after the quick look I just gave it.

Yeah, wow. It's MUCH more responsive. I approve. LOL