Windows Phone Facebook app improvements coming

One of the most used apps of any mobile phone operating system is the Facebook application and Windows Phone is no exception. Today, the team in charge of the Facebook Windows Phone app posted a lengthy update on its Facebook page (via WPCentral.com) with its plans to launch a 2.5 version of the app in the near future.

Among the new features that will be included in the updated app will be full threaded messaging, which will include group messaging. The team claims it will be handled "in a beautiful Metro style design." Tagging friends and locations will finally be possible in the Windows Phone 2.5 app version, using the "with" and "at" command.

Some other new additions included being able to delete any posts or comments on your wall from the app and being able to tap on links in Facebook posts to head to the link's content. The update will also allow the photo comments and likes page to match the posts comments and likes page.

Finally, the 2.5 version of the Facebook app will let Windows Phone users "like" comments, something that we think should have been put into the app a while ago. There's no word on when the Facebook 2.5 app for Windows Phone will be released.

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ccoltmanm said,
Metro apps from big companies look sweet.

It is getting pretty nice. My concern is, MS outsourced this app, with all their resources why is it taking so long to get basic feautres and performance and there's no mention of fixing the ridiculous and basically unusable notifications, The iOS app is instant which makes facebook a viable messaging platform.

If someone MS is funding is taking this long, it is somewhat troublesome. I hope ISVs fair far better, faster.

It actually takes up around the same amount of space as a normal panorama title (that, and they can use it as an excuse to get better performance by reducing the amount of visual elements on screen)

The built in Facebook integration adds things that make sense to exist natively in the phones native applications. The Facebook app adds in the rest like offline private messaging, Facebook groups, pokes, Facebook pages, friend requests, searching Facebook, etc.

sam232 said,
Thought WP had FB built in - no need for an app.

The built in app is meant for integration with the contacts and posting. It's pretty useless without the other features.

However the Microsoft FB app is much better than the official iOS and Android app.

sam232 said,
Thought WP had FB built in - no need for an app.

It does, and it's nicely integrated into the people hub, along with twitter and your Live account. It lets you post your own updates, see what people are up to, leave replies, send personal messages, all minus the the farmvill notification crap

UndergroundWire said,

The built in app is meant for integration with the contacts and posting. It's pretty useless without the other features.

However the Microsoft FB app is much better than the official iOS and Android app.

Integration is far from useless for people who don't check FB much. Right there at a glance as it was intended.

I agree the wp7 app is better that the ios and android versions and find it better than the web page as well.

Cyborg_X said,

Integration is far from useless for people who don't check FB much. Right there at a glance as it was intended.

I agree the wp7 app is better that the ios and android versions and find it better than the web page as well.

It is useless in the fact that it doesn't offer you what the official Facebook for iOS and Android app has. You need the Microsoft Facebook app if you want that.

UndergroundWire said,

However the Microsoft FB app is much better than the official iOS and Android app.

LOL you got to be joking, the FB app for WP7 is horribly slow and lacks a ton of features compared to iOS, and notifications come in 7 mins late!

wolftail said,

The phone in the image is actually Lumia 800.

Lumia 800 <3 ^_^ (they both look quite similar , in fact its the N9 design which caught everyone's eye)