Official Facebook Windows 8.1 app now in Windows Store

It's been a long time in coming but today heavy Facebook users who will also be using Windows 8.1 will be able to download an official app alongside the Windows 8.1 launch. Earlier this morning, people who have the RTM version of the OS update, such as our fearless leader Steven Parker, reported they were able to download the app from the Windows Store. It's likely that everyone else who is waiting for the official launch of Windows 8.1 later today will be able to do the same thing.

An official Facebook app made for the Modern UI has been something that many Windows 8 users have been awaiting since the launch of the OS. There have been a ton of third party Facebook apps that have been released in order to meet the demand for such a program. In June Microsoft confirmed that an official Facebook app was indeed in the works but would not offer a launch data at that time. A few weeks ago, an official Microsoft Spain Twitter feed seemed to confirm that the Facebook app would launch at the same time as the Windows 8.1 update but that post was quickly deleted.

The official description on the Windows Store page doesn't offer much in terms of what features are in the new Facebook app. It does say that any updates will appear on the Windows 8.1 Start screen but that appears to be the only feature that's unique to the app compared to other official Facebook clients.

This is the 'official' one, among a bunch of other 'fake' Facebook apps.

What we do know is that it might not be easy to find due to fragmentation of the Windows Store, showing a lot of unofficial apps. We've screenshot the listing above, which might already be available to you.

Check out the gallery for other pics, what we found is that allowing Facebook to run in the background caused an alert that there were "too many apps running in the background" and I had to disable one to allow Facebook to keep running in the background.

Account Settings in the charm settings panel opens in the web browser, and interestingly the app looks just like the official Microsoft one for Windows Phone 8 when snapped.

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Why would one need a Facebook "app" for Windows 8 tablet/PC instead of just running it in the browser? What's the benefit?

It's a real nice app. Very clean, not distracting at all. No ugly ads. I really like it.

Needs the following though: Chat file transfer, Save images, Invert mouse scroll (up is down for some reason in this app), Chat doesn't update sometimes (usually if you're in the desktop)

KibosJ said,
Chat appears to be updating perfectly fine for me, no matter what app I am in.

Also scrolling works fine for me too.

Scrolling is fine except in chat where it's inverted. I wonder if it's because it picks up a touchpad instead of a mouse? Maybe it's fine for mice.

I downloaded it.. It is a real 1.0 app, still needs lots of features to be added (e.g I can't save a picture that I am looking at)

It's about time, now they just need to get rid of the dozens of fake facebook apps

Really strange how nearly all of them are the same thing, which makes me think there's a single author behind all of them..

It looks like a rushed App built around a crap html wrapper, most of the App looks unfinished and unpolished. For instance the 'Account Settings' opens a browser window instead of being in-App. Functionality is seriously reduced on the desktop, you can't even view pictures in comments. For some weird reason mouse scrolling is inverted.

Which explains why it's so fast and responsive, unlike the competitor/"fake" Facebook apps, because it uses the rendering engine from IE. Strange, noticed the same issue with scrolling. And of course, for the Microsoft officials, the Facebook app was there at least since the early summer. Oh well, it is a Facebook-created application, not exactly Microsoft's.

Hoping this app doesn't fail with toast notifications. Would be sweet to get notifications right on my desktop without having to keep the site open in the background.

Any direct link to the store page? Can't find it in the Windows Store.

Edit: Never mind, it's featured now. Also nice to see the store has a live tile now..

Seems as if this site is showing Windows 8 applications, not Windows 8.1. See Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging? Windows 8.1 has only Mail, Calendar and People. So it may take a while until they focus the respective site to show Windows 8.1 apps too (or just Windows 8.1 apps only).

Well this app is a hell of a lot better than EVERY "Fake" app in the store. It works well, it's smooth.

Well done Facebook

If more apps come to Windows 8 that are this "polished" I shall be purchasing a Surface 2

Edited by KibosJ, Oct 17 2013, 6:06am :

"The official description on the Windows Store page doesn't offer much in terms of what features are in the new Facebook app. It does say that any updates will appear on the Windows 8.1 Start screen but that appears to be the only feature that's unique to the app compared to other official Facebook clients."

Steven Parker said,
Finally, no need to keep a tab open which causes Chrome to become unresponsive after a day

Yeah, Facebook really gobles up any available ram it can get. It's ridiculous.

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, Facebook really gobles up any available ram it can get. It's ridiculous.

though bad it's still not as bad as myspace was back in the day

scorpian007 said,

The WP8 app is developed by Microsoft so it's missing a whole bunch of features and notifications are pretty much broken. Facebook need to make an official one for WP.

Not if you use the Facebook Beta app, which is the updated one from Microsoft

scorpian007 said,

I am using the beta app


What is it missing? The only thing that annoys me about it, is that it takes extra clicks to view comments on a status.. when you open a status (which is usually short) more than half the screen is blank, when it could be comments.

Steven Parker said,

What is it missing?

Off the top of my head, the biggest missing feature would be push messaging. But I think that's actually a limitation of Windows Phone itself. Something that needs fixing too is the repeated notifications; the last time I used my Windows Phone (before I dropped it and broke the display), it was popping up old notifications multiple times and adding to the count, had around 40 last time.

Uh - FB messaging is built-in to the phone - once you connect a FB account, you can chat back and forth on FB using the built-in messaging app. I use it all the time.

scorpian007 said,

The WP8 app is developed by Microsoft so it's missing a whole bunch of features and notifications are pretty much broken. Facebook need to make an official one for WP.
A whole bunch of features? Like what? Notifications aren't great but I don't know if an official app from Facebook will fix that. If it does, then I hope Facebook makes one.

Anaron said,
A whole bunch of features? Like what? Notifications aren't great but I don't know if an official app from Facebook will fix that. If it does, then I hope Facebook makes one.

Like interest lists? Without them, FB is pretty much useless.

Notifications on the old app didn't work and were duplicated, it was worthless and very annoying but they work fine for me with the new one (although I'm using the beta). I get updates and chat messages as they arrive, indeed when I have my phone and Facebook open in the browser on my computer they often arrive quicker on my phone (by a second or two).

If you have problems I'd try uninstalling and reinstalling.

What the hell are interest lists?

NateB1 said,
Uh - FB messaging is built-in to the phone - once you connect a FB account, you can chat back and forth on FB using the built-in messaging app. I use it all the time.

I tried that and it doesn't work that well; if you go back-and-forth between devices (say Windows Phone and PC) during the conversation, then the messaging app ends up with gaps in the conversation on your end from when you send messages on the PC. Also, it doesn't address two other aspects of Facebook messaging: read receipts and seeing when someone's typing.

scorpian007 said,

The WP8 app is developed by Microsoft so it's missing a whole bunch of features and notifications are pretty much broken. Facebook need to make an official one for WP.

Facebook's development efforts have resulted in nothing but garbage previously... I'm happy with Microsoft developing this app.

This is great. It goes long way in addressing the no app concern.
Windows 8 got facebook and twitter before android tablets.

I hope the promised flipboard also releases today. I wish Microsoft announces some official apps today along with 8.1 release.

based on these screenshots I dont think one can claim that windows 8 got facebook before android tablets. I mean, u see ALL that space wasted in the middle?

Julius Caro said,
based on these screenshots I dont think one can claim that windows 8 got facebook before android tablets. I mean, u see ALL that space wasted in the middle?

I prefer empty breather space than the exact same amount of content cluttered with a bunch of ads on the right...