Official Facebook and Flipboard apps for Windows 8 announced

We have been wondering for some time if Windows 8 would get an official Facebook app, and for a while it looked like Facebook and Microsoft were at an impasse on this subject.  Now it appears that that will be happening in the very near future. As part of the company's BUILD 2013 keynote address, Microsoft confirmed that a Facebook app made for the Modern UI is indeed in the works.

Microsoft also announced during the BUILD 2013 keynote that an official Flipboard app for Windows 8 is also in the works. The popular newsreader app for iOS and Android is supposed to be "the best version of Flipboard possible" according to a quote from the company's CEO Mike McCue. Finally, Microsoft announced that the NFL will release a Windows 8 Fantasy Football app for all of you guys who are preparing your fantasy leagues for the new 2013 NFL season.

We have yet to see what these apps actually look like, but during the BUILD keynote the Windows 8 Start screen did show the Live titles for the Facebook and Flipboard apps. We will naturally post updates when we learn more about these apps and when they will be launched.

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May be useful this time. Since Facebook's most popular games don't exist anymore *cries* (pet society, sims, etc... and Farmville becoming annoying) folks may really actually enjoy spend time on an app to quickly update and chit chat without the 3rd party annoyances. Hope it's slick and straight to the point and not so redundant on some of it's features.

The absolute number one reason I am excited about the Facebook app would be better sharing with the Share charm. Right now, it simply sends a link to your Facebook account from a picture on your SkyDrive...

Garak0410 said,
The absolute number one reason I am excited about the Facebook app would be better sharing with the Share charm. Right now, it simply sends a link to your Facebook account from a picture on your SkyDrive...

Same here. It'll be nice to quickly share the article I'm reading, than having to go to Facebook, and paste it in.

DarkMidnight said,
I thought you can using the share charm via the People app which allows you to post of FaceBook or Twitter.

Yeah, going through the People app is kludgy, though. It's nice to use as an address book, but for anything else, it just sucks.

I hope it rocks. The beta Facebook app for WP8 is pretty awesome. Speaking of first-party apps, they should update Twitter. it's always crashing for me and I would love name suggestions when I type an @.

Mulsivaas said,
I hope it rocks. The beta Facebook app for WP8 is pretty awesome. Speaking of first-party apps, they should update Twitter. it's always crashing for me and I would love name suggestions when I type an @.

In what way is Facebook for WP8 good? The mobile web version is better than it.

The beta is almost identical to the current iOS/Android versions with some Metro niceties. Looks real good and I've been quite negative about MS' facebook app.

Mulsivaas said,
Have you played with the beta app? I clearly said "beta Facebook app for WP8" in my original comment.

ah okay

Mulsivaas said,
I hope it rocks. The beta Facebook app for WP8 is pretty awesome. Speaking of first-party apps, they should update Twitter. it's always crashing for me and I would love name suggestions when I type an @.

Twitter is always crashing for me too. I wonder if they're not waiting for 8.1 to go final before releasing an update that would bring it on par with the Windows Phone app?

Nice to finally have a FB app so we can cross that off of the list as well but I'm much much more interested in the new mail app they teased us with. Which they're now calling Outlook and not Mail it seems.

GP007 said,
Nice to finally have a FB app so we can cross that off of the list as well but I'm much much more interested in the new mail app they teased us with. Which they're now calling Outlook and not Mail it seems.

Outlook looks damn sexy, too bad it's not included in the 8.1 preview.

Mulsivaas said,
Perhaps it was showing which of her accounts she was managing. I.e. Outlook, Live, Gmail, Yahoo!

Now that you mention it, that could be it. I dunno, she called it Outlook though, at least twice.

GP007 said,

Now that you mention it, that could be it. I dunno, she called it Outlook though, at least twice.

That's a good point. Shame we have to wait for 8.1 final to tell.

AsherGZ said,
What new mail app. Screenshots?

I don't have any screenshots but you can go to channel9 and watch the keynote over, just go to the part where JLG is demoing the new features (dunno the time exactly), you'll see the new app in action. She says this isn't in the 8.1 preview but that it will be ready by RTM.

GP007 said,
Nice to finally have a FB app so we can cross that off of the list as well but I'm much much more interested in the new mail app they teased us with. Which they're now calling Outlook and not Mail it seems.

Yeah bugger the facebook app, tell us more of this Outlook or new mail app

To be honest, I think it might be a dedicated Outlook app, because a lot of the features shown off are exclusive to the Outlook service, and can't easily be implemented with third party email services, such as Yahoo or Gmail.