Just a day after the Windows 8.1 operating system was released, Microsoft Corp has launched an official Facebook app for the much anticipated software update. This marks the first time that the software giant rolled out an official social media app for an operating system almost simultaneously as such a program’s release.
The Windows 8.1 app was developed by Facebook itself, not by Microsoft. That is why it may appear like most other apps on the social networking site. It has support for swipe gesture that could help users move back and forth across Web pages. Moreover, the usual red notifications, which are typical on Facebook apps, also show up specifically at the top right portion of the screen just like on the online site.
Main app features
The app, as expected supports touch screen capability just like the updated operating system does. A user may tap into a photograph to make it a full screen. He could unpinch it to zoom, just like how it is done in popular touch screen devices that are popular these days.
Needless to say, the Windows 8.1 app on Facebook also supports the social network’s typical messaging interface. It comes with the additional ability to send messages to users of Windows Phone operating system. The interface resembles that of a typical text message.
Still, to cope with the impressive capabilities of Windows 8.1, the new Facebook app could work along with the side-by-side snap view inherent in multiple operating apps. The screen tile for the Start menu showcases updates along with friends’ profile pictures. The lock screen may not just lock and unlock the screen as those could also show notifications.
Matching actual Windows 8.1 OS
Interestingly, the Windows 8.1 app for Facebook is best suited to match the Windows 8.1 touch screen interface. It also matches the operating system’s multi-windowing capabilities and notifications.
This new Facebook app could only be run when a user is accessing the social network using PC or device that runs on Windows 8.1. Some users have tried but failed to install that app when they use Windows 8 PCs. The app may also not be installed and used by users who are using the Preview version of Windows 8.1 for PCs. It should be noted that it would only run on PCs that operate on full-blown and official versions of the newly launched Windows 8.1.