Facebook updates Windows 8.1 app; adds ability to edit posts and more

Since the official Facebook app for Windows 8.1 was released just over two months ago, the social network has pushed out a number of updates, adding lots of features along the way. Today, yet another new version of the app is available for download and the change log shows quite a few new additions are a part of this update.

The Windows Store page shows that the 1.2.0.12 version of the Facebook app now allows users to finally edit posts and comments for the first time; this is likely to be a welcome addition to heavy Facebook users. The update also includes a way to copy a link to a post.

The Snap mode has been improved so that the entire Facebook app can be viewed when it is snapped to 320 pixels. There's been some image-based improvements, including a way to create new albums from the photo page and adding or deleting new images from an album and the app now lets users add or remove people from any Facebook groups they are in charge of. There's also a New Stories indicator and a new "Smileys" sticker pack.

These are just some of the new additions and changes that's been put into the app and it shows the Facebook team is serious about keeping the app updated, which is more than can be said of other Windows 8.1 software developers.

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I like this app particularly for the push notifications and live tile support. I find myself using it quite often, mainly for accepting friend requests, chat etc. Idk, it's just easier to get to Facebook this way and I'm kept informed about timeline and profile activities.

Edited by stefanorickeets, Dec 27 2013, 3:22am :

Can someone explain to me the advantage of using this over the browser? I'm really trying to like Windows 8.1, apps and other modern things, but I just find myself in "desktop mode" all the time. I can rarely tell any difference to Windows 7 when i'm using my computer (which makes me wonder what the people who hate Windows 8 are smoking), but on the other hand I just don't see the advantage of apps either. Not for a site like Facebook anyway where the app just seems to be a cut down version of the website.

TheShark said,
Can someone explain to me the advantage of using this over the browser? I'm really trying to like Windows 8.1, apps and other modern things, but I just find myself in "desktop mode" all the time. I can rarely tell any difference to Windows 7 when i'm using my computer (which makes me wonder what the people who hate Windows 8 are smoking), but on the other hand I just don't see the advantage of apps either. Not for a site like Facebook anyway where the app just seems to be a cut down version of the website.

Native OS features? You can't get that through the browser.

Not to mention, it takes advantage of screen space, something the website does not.

Edited by zhangm, Dec 27 2013, 3:06am :

Rohdekill said,
Exactly. The app is a complete waste of hdd space. Stick with the browser, get all the functionality and features.

Same here. I'm currently using a Surface 2 but its just eye-rollingly stupid how many "apps" are just worthless redundant repackaged websites. Even on a touchscreen device I find myself sticking to the desktop UI for most tasks.

Takes advantage of screen space??? It is like a blown up web page, you see half of what you do in the browser. And with the browser I can zoom in or out to see more if I want, if the app had a zoom option it'd be handy, but as it is, it feels like the browser zoomed in 200% with half the functions.

What native OS features? (serious question)

TheShark said,
Takes advantage of screen space??? It is like a blown up web page, you see half of what you do in the browser. And with the browser I can zoom in or out to see more if I want, if the app had a zoom option it'd be handy, but as it is, it feels like the browser zoomed in 200% with half the functions.

What native OS features? (serious question)

Takes advantage in screen space, yes. AKA: Responsive design. Something the actual website isn't. There's too much whitespace in the website, especially on widescreen monitors.

And in Windows 8.1 you have native OS features like Live Tiles, Search integration, sharing integration, People Hub integration, etc...

What I really need from this app is to be able to share things to friends timelines and groups via the Share charm. Also, secondary live tiles for friends, groups, pages, etc.

wixostrix said,
What I really need from this app is to be able to share things to friends timelines and groups via the Share charm. Also, secondary live tiles for friends, groups, pages, etc.

Sharing should be there. Check your settings by searching for "share" (without quotes), to see if it's enabled for you. I think the default limit is 10 apps, so you may have to disable some to get it to show.

wixostrix said,
share things to friends timelines and groups

I know you can share but before the update it was limited to just posting to your own timeline. I see now you can do a friends, but I still need to be able to share to groups.

All the versions show location data in their own way. Its entirely optional to provide it and I'm think in right saying its not enabled by default i.e. its an opt-in thing.

Kalint said,
Facebook for windows reminds me how creepy facebook is. If you hover over someones message, it shows on the map where they sent the message.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI9YBNtMqhg

every version of facebook on most device will show location by default. You can turn this off in the settings and they even tell you that you can turn it off.

facebook for Windows 8.1 is perfect. Very nice fb. But ipad version is amazing guys. (facebook for android.... SUCKS).

What are you talking about. Facebook for Android has had this feature for a long time. And by the looks of the apps online, they look pretty much identical. Now if you were talking about the Facebook app a while back before they used native code, they yea...it did suck.

mad_apo said,
facebook for Windows 8.1 is perfect. Very nice fb. But ipad version is amazing guys. (facebook for android.... SUCKS).

Used to be crap. Works pretty well now