Will the official Windows 8 Facebook app launch alongside Windows 8.1?

As part of its BUILD developer conference in June, Microsoft confirmed that the long-awaited official Facebook app for Windows 8 is indeed in the works. Unfortunately, Microsoft declined to offer a release date for the app. Now, one of the company's international offices may have jumped the gun in revealing the launch date for the Facebook Windows 8 app.

The official Windows Spain Twitter page posted up a message earlier today that stated (in translation) "Announcing that #Windows 8.1 update will come accompanied by the official app of... Facebook! thumbs up!". That message has since been deleted from that Twitter account.

Neowin contacted Microsoft's PR reps for an official confirmation, but we were unable to obtain one. A statement sent to us from a company spokesperson said that Microsoft "announced at BUILD that Facebook is coming to Windows 8, but beyond that we have nothing more to share on timing."

Microsoft also announced at BUILD that official Windows 8 apps for Flipboard and NFL Fantasy Football were in the works and this week, the NFL app was released in the Windows Store. So far, there's still no word on when the Flipboard app will be released.

Source: Windows Espana on Twitter via WinBeta.org | Image via Microsoft

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How about an official Facebook app for WP8? The MS-made one SUCKS still; laggy, no picture messaging in the Messages area -- just looks like a knock-off. Sure it is better than v1 but still...it's not that great.

Seriously, why do you need a Facebook app for desktop (and even tablet)? The screens are big enough to use it in the browser. And, Facebook will start to make a more touch-friendly site (like everyone else) and any app will just wrap the website. With the advent of boilerplate like Twitter-Bootstrap, responsive web design the re-render according view port size are become very common.

Because apps just provide a more pleasant experience on tablets than most websites. Seriously, why do you feel the need to question other peoples preferences?

Additionally, websites don't support the search and share charms which are fundamental parts of the Windows 8 tablet experience.

TCLN Ryster said
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Additionally, websites don't support the search and share charms which are fundamental parts of the Windows 8 tablet experience.
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This ^ is spot on.

The web version of Facebook won't give me a notification that someone's messaging me, unless I have the page open. The messaging app does that without having the app open.

TheMagnificent11 said,
Seriously, why do you need a Facebook app for desktop (and even tablet)? The screens are big enough to use it in the browser. And, Facebook will start to make a more touch-friendly site (like everyone else) and any app will just wrap the website. With the advent of boilerplate like Twitter-Bootstrap, responsive web design the re-render according view port size are become very common.

Facebook "will"? Do you have a source for their plans? Are these confirmed?

TCLN Ryster said,
Seriously, why do you feel the need to question other peoples preferences?

I think I worded that badly. My point is that you don't need an app on desktops and tablets as much as you do on phones. The resolution is big enough that even links are touchable without much effort.

Yes an app would be good, I just don't understand why there is such an outcry for Facebook to provide Windows 8/Windows RT with an app. I understand the outcry on Windows Phone, but the app provided by MS does a pretty good job (I use the native stuff in Me and People tiles more anyway).

KRazpopov said,
The web version of Facebook won't give me a notification that someone's messaging me, unless I have the page open. The messaging app does that without having the app open.

Yes but the Skype or Messaging apps will give you a notification if you have your FB account connected

I don't see why people are crazy about apps. Open browser and go to facebook. It has more feature than any mobile app. I promise. (e.g. there are features not available in app but available using browser) With IE10 you can also pin any website to start

And another person that fails to realise that most websites, Facebook included, are not well suited for touch only use on tablets.

And besides, nobody is asking you to be crazy about apps. You don't have to be crazy about them as you are not the centre of the universe.

S3P€hR said,
I don't see why people are crazy about apps. Open browser and go to facebook. It has more feature than any mobile app. I promise. (e.g. there are features not available in app but available using browser) With IE10 you can also pin any website to start

Notifications. Touch friendly view for tablets such as the Surface RT.

MidTxWRX said,

Notifications. Touch friendly view for tablets such as the Surface RT.


Its already available via People App (Microsoft Social network and contacts aggregator)

TCLN Ryster said,
And another person that fails to realise that most websites, Facebook included, are not well suited for touch only use on tablets.

And besides, nobody is asking you to be crazy about apps. You don't have to be crazy about them as you are not the centre of the universe.


Personally as for the facebook I don't have any problem with my surface tablet going to from a browser.
And Yes people are crazy about apps, read the critics about Windows RT. if you don't consider apps. Windows RT is a better device than ipad or any android tablet because of printer support. USB port and a free copy of Office. the only reason people says it sucks because it doesn't have as much apps. got it?

More importantly, why do any of us care anymore?

If it takes this long to produce something we all wanted but learnt to live without then why should we give any of our interest now that it works for MS to advertise something in order to push their next release?

Would have liked to see it in beta. Not having the messaging app anymore to integrate FB messages into is irking me big time.

trip21 said,
Would have liked to see it in beta. Not having the messaging app anymore to integrate FB messages into is irking me big time.

Maintaining message delivery reliability has become a major problem that Facebook is less than willing to work well with Microsoft on resolving.

I would rather have all messaging integrated, but not if it means missing or delayed messages.

I agree. Microsoft had a great vision for the future by making the OS function-based instead of app-based. But for integrated services you need support from the serviceproviders.

I do hope that eventually Microsoft will get back to realizing their vision. But for now I understand that they are doing it the way thirdparties want it. Perhaps down the road when they have more leverage in the mobile market..

Well Skype for desktop can already connect to Facebook (chat). Skype for metro is replacing the built-in messages app in 8.1 so hopefully we'll see that same integration in a future version of the metro Skype app (which has quite a bit of catching up to do with its desktop counterpart but still)

Mobius Enigma said,

Maintaining message delivery reliability has become a major problem that Facebook is less than willing to work well with Microsoft on resolving.

I know I use WP8 it gets worse with each update but I never had a problem with FB messages in Windows 8 or running WLM.

trip21 said,

I know I use WP8 it gets worse with each update but I never had a problem with FB messages in Windows 8 or running WLM.

See, this is the weird thing, and you are not the first person to have the exact opposite results I get.

On WP7 & WP8, message delivery from FB/Messenger(Skype)/etc are flawless, no matter where or what network I am using. (With the exception of a couple of times there were known issues with FB messages.)

Windows 8 Apps on the other hand, messages get delayed, even with Skype sometimes. I say this understanding how the notifications in WinRT work and still haven't found any solid reason for the delays.

(It appears this is corrected in 8.1, but as the messaging client is no longer available and FB messages aren't supported, it is hard to fully test this.)

In terms of usability and 'Apps' the WP team did a brilliant job, and the Win 8 App development team needs to be replaced. (Which most of them it appears have.)

ritesh ranjan said,
I am one of the developer of Vibe - Best Facebook app for Windows 8(currently). for FREE.
Download Now - https://bitly.com/getvibenow
Check out app video - http://youtu.be/dYpzGIFS3s8

We are working on chat heads like chat experience. Chat feature is expected to be released in late September. I would love to have your feedback on Vibe.

Your app certainly looks better than most others on the store but I'm not really sure that style of showing the newsfeed really works for Facebook - have to tap on a story to see likes, be able to comment, etc - really not any different than the People app that ships with Windows - for Facebook you simply need to have a newsfeed close to the original - even the new WP Facebook app looks and functions just like on iOS and Android - you should have similar experience on Windows too. Sometimes being different isn't better. Other than that the app is great - looks clean, isn't just an ugly wrapper of touch.facebook.com. If you fix your newsfeed you might have a winner. Until then not for me.