Latest Facebook Windows 8.1 update adds notification settings

The launch of the official Facebook app for Windows 8.1 users has been a big hit so far; it has quickly become the number one most downloaded free app on the Windows Store. Facebook has also updated the app more than once since its mid-October release but unfortunately, its Windows Store page never shows any change logs.

This week, yet another update to the app was released and while Facebook didn't officially reveal what was changed or added, Windows Observer spotted that there are now a bunch of notification settings that have been put into the app. We have confirmed this on our own as well.

Users of the Facebook Windows 8.1 app can go into "Settings" to see the new notification selection on the menu. Pressing that option brings up the interface shown in the above screenshot, with a large number of notifications that can be turned on or off by the user. The full list includes:

  • Messages
  • Wall
  • Poke
  • Friend Request
  • Friend Confirmed
  • Feed Confirmed
  • Feed Comment Reply
  • Share Comment
  • Share Reply
  • Photo Tag
  • Photo Comment
  • Photo Album Comment
  • Photo Reply
  • Photo Comment Tagged
  • Photo Album Reply
  • Event Invite
  • Event Update
  • Event Cancel
  • Added to Group

The new addition certainly gives heavy Facebook users a lot of new options and is a welcome update for the Windows 8.1 app.

Source: Facebook via Windows Observer | Image via Facebook

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Why does Microsoft keep making apps that use the term "Wall?" Facebook changed the term to Timeline over 2 years ago, yet Windows Phone uses the same outdated language. I can't believe this brand new app has the same error.

xpxp2002 said,
Why does Microsoft keep making apps that use the term "Wall?" Facebook changed the term to Timeline over 2 years ago, yet Windows Phone uses the same outdated language. I can't believe this brand new app has the same error.

isnt this a facebook developed app? isnt this THEIR fault?

are they ever going to add the links to games in the facebook app ? my wife wont use it because she cant get to her Farmville or other games from the app so she said its a pain to go back and forth.

I don't have windows 8/8.1, so a question for those who have and use this app:

Do notifications work, considering that they are completely broken in WP8's facebook app?

Yep they work perfectly. I don't use notifications on the WP8 fb app so I don't know what exactly you mean by completely broken.

mnl1121 said,
I don't use notifications on the WP8 fb app so I don't know what exactly you mean by completely broken.

On WP8, notifications arrive hours or days late.
If this is not the case on windows 8/RT, then I guess MS should handover WP8's FB app development to facebook, If they are willing to receive it; unless it's a WP8 issue.

Yeah now if Microsoft could just get Windows 8.1 to their phones it would be great. Until then I am quite dissatisfied with being left behind.

Xenosion said,
Yeah now if Microsoft could just get Windows 8.1 to their phones it would be great. Until then I am quite dissatisfied with being left behind.

Windows Phone "blue" has always be scheduled for a spring release. Not sure why you're writing like it's been delayed. Also, how are you left behind?

Dot Matrix said,

Windows Phone "blue" has always be scheduled for a spring release. Not sure why you're writing like it's been delayed. Also, how are you left behind?


The goal is to have a unified environment, right? Well, it's not quite unified yet and I don't particularly appreciate having to wait for WP8.1 when Windows 8.1 is already released. Now the two platforms are in fact more different than they were before Windows 8.1 was released. I'm not waiting any longer than what Microsoft said, but I'm still waiting for this update and the apps that will come with it.

i don't want anything separate myself, but it would be nice if there was more functionality around it.. away mode, a snap-to for chat so on and so forth

^^this
i do hope they not make them separate like on android, while i like and use apps im not the kind who install 10.000 apps just for the sake of having them and i dont want to keep 2 apps for the same service

to be honest msft should update metro skype with a facebook integration, then people can have the "separate" IM app if they want, problem solved

I believe the desktop skype app had integrated fb chat, i'm not sure about the mobile or windows 8 ones.. that would be the ideal solution

the desktop skype app has it, yes but that program is okay for voice/video chat but as an im its a tragedy

and its a bit of a stupid situation to have a desktop and a metro skype on your machine - ms needs to sort this out sooner than later (its already late, to be honest i hated the decision to kill messenger in favor of skype and since then NOTHING happened that would change my mind)

ObiWanToby said
I'd like a separate richer facebook messenger app.
Agreed. Sometimes I just need to go on Facebook to message someone, so if there's a dedicated Messenger app, then we wouldn't need to go through Facebook.

Cyborg_X said,
I wish you could maximize the middle section. On a desktop the width of the side columns is ridiculous.
I imagine the feed would look a bit ridiculous at full width too.

MrHumpty said,
I imagine the feed would look a bit ridiculous at full width too.

I'm sure there's a nice middle ground they could find, as it is right now though there's lots of empty space on a bigger desktop monitor. They should allow users to adjust it to their liking.

It's clearly built to be snapped, lol. It's the same UI as the iOS and Andorid app and it works great, in portrait, without too much area to cover. One of the better snapped apps which are all chasing Mail 8.1 for best snap design.

they should go two-column for the feed. like Google+ on android when on landscape.

but I wasnt taking about that hideous, un-user-friendly notification settings pane. IMO it would look better if the on/off switch was on the right at the same level instead of an extra line. on android the "on/off" text is smaller than the setting it applies to. and if facebook maybe grouped the settings instead of having a useless list...