Instagram’s progressive web app (PWA) will “very soon” be available on the Microsoft Store, reports Aggiornamenti Lumia.
This means Facebook will replace its own Windows 10 OSMeta app of Instagram with a progressive web app instead.
This comes as good news for Windows 10 users who have not received an update for the current Instagram app since July 13, 2018. Instagram app for Windows 10 was first introduced by Facebook back in 2016.
Say hello to the new Instagram PWA (it will be available in the Microsoft Store very soon) https://t.co/M3mKxHfnel pic.twitter.com/Vp7tfcaOfs
— Aggiornamenti Lumia (@ALumia_Italia) December 19, 2019
The change is expected to bring a lot of positives as well as negatives. For instance, the Instagram app will become a much lighter app making it easier for Facebook to maintain.
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Further, any server-side software updates will automatically happen in the app, which could bring in a lot of new features. The app is also expected to get better support on Windows 10.
However, in the case of Instagram, the PWA does not have access to direct messaging nor support for advanced features such as AR camera filters. It also does not allow the user to upload photos.
According to Aggiornamenti Lumia, the new application is expected to arrive for all users by the end of the year.
Considering that the Twitter PWA for Windows 10 is working well for over a year now, Facebook moving on from OSMeta on Windows 10 in favor of a new PWA doesn’t seem a bad idea.
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