Instagram officially arrives on Windows Phone in beta

We knew it was coming, but today is the day that Instagram has finally landed on Windows Phone. The app, which applies filters to photos and allows you to easily share them with your social network, has been heavily requested and rumored for some time. Seeing that the app has been released, it should appease those who are on Windows Phone and have wanted a native application and quiet the critics who claim the Windows Store was incomplete because it was missing this key app.

Sure, you could have used one of the third party alternatives to use Instagram but having an official app, makes the Windows Store seem a bit more mature. Of course, now that there is an official Instagram app, we expect the tens of dozens of people who claimed that they only reason they weren’t using Windows Phone was because of Instagram was missing, to switch. 

You can download the app now from the Windows Phone Store and start uploading your vintage photos immediate to share with all of your followers. But, the app is not perfect. You can't capture and upload video or capture images within the app, you must apply filters after you take the image.

On a more serious note, the release of Instagram is a big win for Microsoft as it is one of the last big named apps to come to the platform. Seeing that Windows Phone is growing and has asserted itself in the third-place position in the marketplace, it makes sense for Instagram to release an official application.

Of course, it remains to be seen how the app is treated on the platform. Will it be updated in parity with its iOS and Android counterparts or will the Windows Phone app be treated like a second class citizen and only receive updates post iOS/Android roll-out? Only time will answer that question, but for now, be happy that there is an official client on Windows Phone.

Instragram is in beta, this is why some features are missing from the app.

Download: Instagram for Windows Phone (expected time is 2PM)

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I don't use instagram much but I much prefer 6tag to the iPhone and Android official clients I've used in the past. Why bother with the real thing when 6tag is better?

so turns out as expected, the official app is worse than the 3rd party apps, and that the complainers will have to find yet another pointless app to chase as the "must have"

Dot Matrix said,

Anyone on WP7.8 should be upgrading soon anyways.

All the WP 7 users I know who are upgrading are moving back to iOS or Android. No one is happy with how they were treated as a WP user.

I did the same 3 phone upgrades ago after MS announced that my Lumia 900 wasn't getting WP8. Although I realistically wasn't negatively impacted (I could have easily upgraded to something WP8) I was very angry with the way MS treated early adopters like me so I jumped ship for the first time.

I honestly don't know a single Windows Phone user who wants another Windows Phone*. Even though we all had nothing but positive experiences from the OS itself (very fluid and smooth and all that jazz). Microsoft dropped the ball hard.

* Including the 1 or 2 persons I know on WP8.

LogicalApex said,

All the WP 7 users I know who are upgrading are moving back to iOS or Android. No one is happy with how they were treated as a WP user.

I did the same 3 phone upgrades ago after MS announced that my Lumia 900 wasn't getting WP8. Although I realistically wasn't negatively impacted (I could have easily upgraded to something WP8) I was very angry with the way MS treated early adopters like me so I jumped ship for the first time.

I honestly don't know a single Windows Phone user who wants another Windows Phone*. Even though we all had nothing but positive experiences from the OS itself (very fluid and smooth and all that jazz). Microsoft dropped the ball hard.

* Including the 1 or 2 persons I know on WP8.


oh please don't be ridiculous. Android users get left out in the cold ALL THE TIME FROM EVERY UPDATE. At least WP7 users old phones got an update, which is 1 more most android users stuck in some unsupported version can say. To keep brining up the WP7.8 update as a bad sign and pointing android as an alternative is not just ridiculous, but ludicrous.

neonspark said,

oh please don't be ridiculous. Android users get left out in the cold ALL THE TIME FROM EVERY UPDATE. At least WP7 users old phones got an update, which is 1 more most android users stuck in some unsupported version can say. To keep brining up the WP7.8 update as a bad sign and pointing android as an alternative is not just ridiculous, but ludicrous.

I never said Android users have a better upgrade story (though with the recent changes Google have made to the way they update Android apps that may be a different story going forward)....

I said users are getting better treatment on the alternative OSes...

For instance, Android users usually don't get the latest update, but they do get the latest apps. An ICS user may not ever get KitKat, but they will be running the newest crazy Android app released within the lifetime of their device.

The way MS did the WP7 to WP8 mess wasn't so much as whether or not an update came at all. It was the separation of the devices for developers. It meant that WP7 users were guaranteed to be ignored any new apps for the platform. This last year of WP apps has proven that to be true.

Only us geeks care about OS version numbers. Normal users care about the apps. It is demoralizing to those users to see the app hit WP and they have a WP and then to learn it isn't for their Windows Phone that isn't old enough to even be out of contract yet...

Forjo said,
In case anyone cares, no WP7.8 support. Thanks again Microsoft.

so? a lumia 520 costs 99 bucks off contract. you're on 7.8 because you want to.

LogicalApex said,

I never said Android users have a better upgrade story (though with the recent changes Google have made to the way they update Android apps that may be a different story going forward)....

I said users are getting better treatment on the alternative OSes...

For instance, Android users usually don't get the latest update, but they do get the latest apps. An ICS user may not ever get KitKat, but they will be running the newest crazy Android app released within the lifetime of their device.

The way MS did the WP7 to WP8 mess wasn't so much as whether or not an update came at all. It was the separation of the devices for developers. It meant that WP7 users were guaranteed to be ignored any new apps for the platform. This last year of WP apps has proven that to be true.

Only us geeks care about OS version numbers. Normal users care about the apps. It is demoralizing to those users to see the app hit WP and they have a WP and then to learn it isn't for their Windows Phone that isn't old enough to even be out of contract yet...

ah so many things false. For starters, you say that some user may not get android KK but that they can run all apps? incorrect.
http://www.theverge.com/2013/7...entation-graphics-july-2013

as you can see you'll miss out on apps very often if you lag behind and in fact the API lag is getting worse and not better as you seem to imply. Quite simply, the facts don't support your vision of android.

BUT HEY WHAT ABOU THE NEXUS?
http://www.engadget.com/2013/1...google-galaxy-nexus-kitkat/
well guess what, that is also not a sure thing. maybe it will? maybe it won't. buying a nexus is just a gamble. but a bit better than the worse gamble of buying another OEMs android phone.

Listen, you can bash MSFT all you want for win 7.8, but the fact remains, what MSFT did was treat users BETTER than google and android OEMs do. If you don't like this, then don't even look at android, maybe not even apple which as we all know, says they "upgrade" users of old phones but apps won't work and sometimes services (siri).

the fact remain is that NO PHONE OS has a clean record. If anything WP has one of the better records. But clearly, android has the worse of all which is why you pushing it as a better option is down right false, ignorant and simply: ridiculous.

and if you want to add insult to injury, anything that didn't get a 4.0 or greater update can't even run xbox smart glass ...meaning MOST DEVICES still think android is that compatible?

Edited by neonspark, Nov 20 2013, 8:54pm :

LogicalApex said,

All the WP 7 users I know who are upgrading are moving back to iOS or Android. No one is happy with how they were treated as a WP user.

I did the same 3 phone upgrades ago after MS announced that my Lumia 900 wasn't getting WP8. Although I realistically wasn't negatively impacted (I could have easily upgraded to something WP8) I was very angry with the way MS treated early adopters like me so I jumped ship for the first time.

I honestly don't know a single Windows Phone user who wants another Windows Phone*. Even though we all had nothing but positive experiences from the OS itself (very fluid and smooth and all that jazz). Microsoft dropped the ball hard.

* Including the 1 or 2 persons I know on WP8.

No offense, but you've been saying this forever. You know the reasons why WP7 handsets weren't upgradable, why continue to complain? It was a stop gap in the switch from Windows Mobile architecture to the new Windows Phone architecture.

Those people (if they even exist) are missing out on a nice OS, especially if they were to purchase a Nokia, which has received numerous updates.

neonspark said,

ah so many things false. For starters, you say that some user may not get android KK but that they can run all apps? incorrect.
http://www.theverge.com/2013/7...entation-graphics-july-2013

as you can see you'll miss out on apps very often if you lag behind and in fact the API lag is getting worse and not better as you seem to imply. Quite simply, the facts don't support your vision of android.

BUT HEY WHAT ABOU THE NEXUS?
http://www.engadget.com/2013/1...google-galaxy-nexus-kitkat/
well guess what, that is also not a sure thing. maybe it will? maybe it won't. buying a nexus is just a gamble. but a bit better than the worse gamble of buying another OEMs android phone.

Listen, you can bash MSFT all you want for win 7.8, but the fact remains, what MSFT did was treat users BETTER than google and android OEMs do. If you don't like this, then don't even look at android, maybe not even apple which as we all know, says they "upgrade" users of old phones but apps won't work and sometimes services (siri).

the fact remain is that NO PHONE OS has a clean record. If anything WP has one of the better records. But clearly, android has the worse of all which is why you pushing it as a better option is down right false, ignorant and simply: ridiculous.

OK I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you want to have an honest discussion so I'll respond...

Android fragmentation isn't as much of a problem for users as it is for developers. Android developers are forced to target multiple versions of Android in their apps to ensure they get access to the widest market (as upgrades lag so long). But Google has been slowly releasing Android API bits outside of the core Android OS updates. This was the major take away from Android 4.3 as well as the pushing of major core Android apps into the Android Market for devices running Android 2.3+ (even down to the stock Keyboard). Google is working to make developers less focused on Android OS versions over time.

What is your point regarding the Galaxy Nexus? Google supported the device for 18 months with updates to the latest version of the OS. The same can't be said about my Lumia 900 (although it is not a MS sanctioned developer device so the comparison is moot)...

To say MS has the best record for their treatment of users with WP is beyond crazy...

MS rebooted their ecosystem 3 times killing off users each time without any respect for their investments into the MS ecosystem...

WM 2003 to WM 5 - Reboot 1
WM6 to WP 7 - Reboot 2
WP7 to WP 8 - Reboot 3

Each time MS cited hardware limitations as why they had to reboot... They do this so often I no longer trust to them not do it again. With the proposed major changes to WP8.1/9 I wouldn't be surprised if they reboot again...

Dot Matrix said,

No offense, but you've been saying this forever. You know the reasons why WP7 handsets weren't upgradable, why continue to complain? It was a stop gap in the switch from Windows Mobile architecture to the new Windows Phone architecture.

Those people (if they even exist) are missing out on a nice OS, especially if they were to purchase a Nokia, which has received numerous updates.

I was merely responding to your implication that these WP7 users were rushing the gates for their upgrade to a WP8 device. From what I can see online (not with people I know in person) is that MS is doing well with WP8 users who did not come from WP7. Users who are coming off of WP7 feel ripped off and they upgrade to another platform.

I have said it many times, but I only post my thoughts if they are relevant. I'm not flooding the forums with my views on MS' mobile strategy.

As I mentioned previously, I've since upgraded to Android and I'm not sure I'll reconsider anything MS in the mobile space for a long time. The way they used WP7 as a "stop gap" made me very leery of anything they launch going forward. I run the risk of being left on an island looking like a fool. I upgrade a lot due to being a software engineer, but I don't like being forced to upgrade. There is a very big and valid difference.

Edited by LogicalApex, Nov 20 2013, 9:17pm :

neonspark said,

so? a lumia 520 costs 99 bucks off contract. you're on 7.8 because you want to.


Actually less than $99. But I digress.

A Lumia 520 does not allow me to tether my laptop as it doesn't support LTE. I require this feature as I'm an IT consultant and do a considerable amount of remote support when I'm not near a wifi connection. I'd also end up with an inferior camera and other app restrictions due to the 512MB memory configuration.

I looked at this. It's very arrogant of you to say I'm here because I choose to be here.

"All the WP 7 users I know who are upgrading are moving back to iOS or Android"
Speak for yourself. I am clearly an early adopter of WP7 and have not looked back since. Early adopters know that they won't have all the features of the other mature platforms. That's a given. But the way WP8 has picked up steam is nothing short of marvelous, especially if you're in the Nokia camp

vhaakmat said,
"All the WP 7 users I know who are upgrading are moving back to iOS or Android"
Speak for yourself. I am clearly an early adopter of WP7 and have not looked back since. Early adopters know that they won't have all the features of the other mature platforms. That's a given. But the way WP8 has picked up steam is nothing short of marvelous, especially if you're in the Nokia camp

Obviously, I was speaking for myself

Notice, I said users I know. I didn't make a grand claim about every Windows Phone user on the planet.

I agree wholeheartedly that the best OEM experience on Windows Phone is via Nokia. That has been true ever since Nokia entered the game and they are undeniably the major reason WP is picking up steam. It will be interesting to see how the buyout affects them. Especially since they have to drop the Nokia name from their products.

You may want to edit the title of the article to say "Instagram beta officially..."... just so people don't think it's the actual full fledged app.

BETA? What a joke [2].

We've been waiting for this app to be published more than a year or so and they present us a BETA app?
C'mon, Instagram. We could wait some more few weeks.

what I think they should of done ( I knew this would not happen ) but they should of hired Rudy and label 6tag to the official instagram app and make him the head developer of the windows instagram app that way 6tag would of been ahead of the game while being the official windows phone 8 app we would have the best of both worlds!!

"Instagram officially arrives on Windows Phone, lacks features"

Oh no, a new app lacks features compared to a more mature version on other platforms!!!

After switching to Android, I realize how pathetic official instagram app is. 6Tag rules and blows the competition away.

I wouldn't worry too much about clicking pics from Instagram app, I know its important but the default app sucks. Nokia Camera app is amazing that way.

yeah that doesn't make any sense. the CameraCaptureTask is literally a few lines of code. If they couldn't manage to wrap their head around that one there is little hope this will be a decent app.

EDIT: Eh, Maybe they're talking about another implementation. Haven't tried the app on any platform so I don't know what they do on those.

Edited by scumdogmillionaire, Nov 20 2013, 6:39pm :

Won't use it but will download and rate high just to prove a point to them

One less app for people to complain about missing though!

One interesting thing I saw the other day was an advertised post from Square on Facebook, a LOT of comments we're complaining about no Windows Phone support. Rewind a year ago and you'd be lucky to see one. We're growing, baby!

Don't remove it from the list just yet. Put an asterisk by it. When it is feature equivalent to the iOS and Android apps, then remove it. Windows Phone users must stop accepting inferior products and features.

MorganX said,
Don't remove it from the list just yet. Put an asterisk by it. When it is feature equivalent to the iOS and Android apps, then remove it. Windows Phone users must stop accepting inferior products and features.

Yeah, they posted that it's actually a beta, so still have to wait.

MorganX said,
Don't remove it from the list just yet. Put an asterisk by it. When it is feature equivalent to the iOS and Android apps, then remove it. Windows Phone users must stop accepting inferior products and features.

The irony is some of the third party versions have MORE features than the iOS/Android official apps

DomZ said,

The irony is some of the third party versions have MORE features than the iOS/Android official apps

Instance by Gary is pretty solid, but, namely, 6tag is more feature-rich than the official WP Instagram app (or the official iOS and Android versions). To add to the list, Rudy Huyn (maintains the "6" family of apps, among others) very recently released 6snap, the unofficial Snapchat client. And it, too, for the most part, is more feature-rich than the official versions. And it's only at v1.0. These devs are simply remarkable.