Instagram released its official app onto Windows Mobile earlier this year, after it had been available on the platfrom in beta form for some time. Now, it has expanded the photo- and video-sharing application to other Windows 10 devices, including PCs and tablets.
At first glance, the Instagram app on the PC looks very similar to the web version, but it comes with all the features found in the mobile version, such as Explore, Direct, and the recently introduced Stories feature, which lets users share videos and photos in a 10-second long slideshow format. You can also share content on Facebook and Messenger – something that’s not available on the web incarnation of Instagram.
There is one surprising restriction with Instagram’s Windows 10 app; as noted by The Verge, while it is possible to capture, upload, and edit photos and videos, you’ll need a tablet or PC that has a touchscreen and a rear-facing camera to upload your content. So it’s good news if you own something like a Surface Book or Surface Pro, but bad news for majority of PC owners.
The app still has a few bugs. Clicking on “Your Story” – the icon used to create your own slideshow – just closes the program. And the design isn’t the best; like the web version, the feed is placed in the center of the screen, leaving large white areas on either side.
While the full Instagram app is now available on Windows 10 tablets, an optimized version still hasn’t arrived on the iPad. Owners of Apple’s device can use the iPhone version on the tablet, but an iPad-specific app would be welcomed.
You can download the Windows 10 Instagram app for free from the Windows Store.