Facebook updates Windows 8.1 app with lots of new features

Facebook's development team for its official Windows 8.1 app have released several updates since the first version launched just over a month ago. It is currently the most popular free app in the Windows Store and today, a new version was released that offers up a number of new features and improvements.

The change log on the Windows Store page shows that the Facebook app now supports tagging for the first time. Users can now download and upload both files and photos from Facebook messages with this new update, along with a way to pick and set up both your cover and profile photos directly from the app.

The new version now lets users upload any pictures to a specific album and also offers some improvements to Live Tiles, including a way to add a secondary tile that takes the user directly to Facebook messages. Finally, the app also has "many bug fixes" but specifics were not revealed.

The amount of updates that have been pushed through for the Facebook app since its launch shows that the company is serious about its support for the Windows 8.1 version and bodes well for future updates and new features.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Facebook

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Would be nice if the app would default to the timeline settings I previously used (i.e., Most Recent) instead of having to select that option every time.

That problem isn't exclusive to the Windows app either. Facebook is keen on pushing their weird algorithm for Top Stories onto you.

They also should make it easier, smoother, faster to scroll with the arrow keys. It only seems to work (poorly) with the Timeline.

Some things still missing: messages scrolling still reversed for mice, can't set moods, no sticker support in the Messenger...

There was a bug where if a message were to arrive and you were still composing a message in Messages, the entire page would refresh and you would lose what you typed.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
I really don't get why the messaging scrolling is reversed. What were they thinking. Everything else scrolls fine.

The coder is probably a sheeple.

Awesome update!!! Glad to see them keeping on top of this app

Also the Windows Phone app was updated recently with a lot of new features too and they FINALLY fixed the notification issue ... and the FB Chat is finally instant now and has a sexy new live tile. Love this

j2006 said,
Awesome update!!! Glad to see them keeping on top of this app

Also the Windows Phone app was updated recently with a lot of new features too and they FINALLY fixed the notification issue ... and the FB Chat is finally instant now and has a sexy new live tile. Love this

One thing I've noticed with chat though, since I often have FB open in it's own IE window on my desktop chats show up there but never to the phone, even if I get a message and it's been a while. I wonder if it's going to the browser first and ignoring the phone because I never get a notification.

George P said,

One thing I've noticed with chat though, since I often have FB open in it's own IE window on my desktop chats show up there but never to the phone, even if I get a message and it's been a while. I wonder if it's going to the browser first and ignoring the phone because I never get a notification.


Isn't that the expected behaviour? Don't want notifications on the phone if you're on the desktop, that's just annoying?

Lamp Post said,

Isn't that the expected behaviour? Don't want notifications on the phone if you're on the desktop, that's just annoying?

It's only for messages/chat though, I still get a tile count for other notifications just fine.

George P said,

It's only for messages/chat though, I still get a tile count for other notifications just fine.


Yeah, that's what I assumed you meant. Usually if you chat on the PC, you wouldn't want the same chats to bother you with toasts on the phone. At least that's the behaviour I want.

Lamp Post said,

Yeah, that's what I assumed you meant. Usually if you chat on the PC, you wouldn't want the same chats to bother you with toasts on the phone. At least that's the behaviour I want.

Sure, but I often leave FB open on my browser when I'm away and if they don't go through to the phone then I miss them. Suppose I should try turning chat off on the web and see what happens then.

Lamp Post said,

Yeah, that's what I assumed you meant. Usually if you chat on the PC, you wouldn't want the same chats to bother you with toasts on the phone. At least that's the behaviour I want.

With multiple devices, there are too many times we are signed into several places, and even if the computer thinks it is 'active', I may have just grabbed my phone and want to finish conversations on it. (And vice versa.)

If you have your notifications set properly, they should be 'bothering' you.

I expect and want all my messaging to arrive on all my devices that I'm logged into and be available to refer back to at anytime.

There's one thing that Facebook should have done from the start - allow you to set permissions for posts like the website, NOT like the other apps!