Instagram Comes to Windows 10

Posted on October 14, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Social, Windows 10 with 23 Comments

Instagram Comes to Windows 10

While Instagram came to Windows 10 Mobile back in May—it was previously available on older Windows phones, too–this week marks its first-ever availability on Windows 10 for PCs and tablets. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

According to Microsoft, Instagram for Windows 10 provides the following features:

Post and edit photos. “Instagram makes sharing moments with everyone in your world easy, speedy, and fun,” Microsoft says. Assuming you have a tablet or PC with both a backward-facing camera and a touch screen, that is. And that is a crazy limitation.

Stories. Stories from people you follow will appear in a row at the top of the Feed (home) view.

Live tile support. This is perhaps the only feature that’s unique to Windows: You can see what your friends and family are up to at a glance using the app’s live tile support.

Notifications. – As with other platforms, Instagram can send you notifications.

Instagram Direct. This feature lets you exchange threaded messages with one or more people, and share posts you see in Feed as a message.

Full featured functionality. The Instagram app supports Search, Explore, Profile, and Feed views.

Based on a quick look at the app, it’s not particularly sophisticated. Consider how the sign-in screen doesn’t take into account the size or orientation of the app window in any way.


And it’s not just the sign-in screen. The app’s other views don’t do anything to use the on-screen real estate effectively either.


This is sadly typical of Instagram, which I find to be a curiously terrible way to share and enjoy photos. There’s no way to navigate from photo to photo, and no way to zoom unless you use multitouch. Pretty terrible, but in this case at least it’s not Windows, it’s the app and the underlying service.

Speaking of which, feel free to follow me on Instagram.

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    dcdevito Alpha Member #220 - 3 months ago

    I'M SAVED!!!!

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    Rob Jansen Alpha Member #1279 - 3 months ago

    You wouldn't want to use this on a large desktop monitor anyway.
    It is meant for Tablets in portrait mode. Same as with the twitter and Facebook apps.

    On the classic desktop it is previrable anyway to use the webbrowser for these sort of applications.

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    BigM72 Alpha Member #95 - 3 months ago

    This is partly a consequence of porting the iOS app to Windows 10 (rather than building from scratch) with relatively few amendments to the app itself.

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      Narg Alpha Member #420 - 3 months ago
      In reply to BigM72:

      No developer "builds from scratch" any more.  Too costly and too much work.

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    Abazigal Alpha Member #2152 - 3 months ago

    I can't say I am in a position to gloat. I have been waiting for an iPad version of Instagram since like forever. Was using a great 3rd party app, until Instagram recently revoked the rights for it. 

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    880510 Alpha Member #1014 - 3 months ago

    The Windows version on x86 is better looking than using the iPhone version of instagram on the iPad.  This is one the few (only?) app on Windows Tablet (is that a thing?) that looks better than iPad version.  IMO of course.