Amongst other products announced at Microsoft’s //build/ congress, there was talk about Facebook developing a Windows 8 app. While we don’t know exactly when this will happen, we do know that the project is in works and soon, Windows 8/RT/8.1 users will have an official Facebook app for Windows 8.1.
Facebook Mobile has had its goods and bads, and while some Android users still complain with it, other users have only good things to say about it. Nevertheless, we think that a growing platform like Windows 8 and 8.1 deserves an official Facebook app.
Another service announced for Windows 8 is Foursquare, the very successful location sharing network which also is lacking at the moment support for the Windows 8 and 8.1 platform. Just like with Facebook, Steve Ballmer did not announce a date for the release of the app.
No date on the Facebook app for Windows 8.1
Sadly enough, Steve Ballmer did not mention when the new app will be released, but only announced the following:
Facebook will bring an application to the Windows 8 environment […] They’re very focused on mobile. That’s good. That’s very good […] in connecting everyone, everywhere, on every device,
This tells us that Facebook in highly invested in their mobile platform and for them to connect everyone regardless of their devices and platforms, Windows 8/8.1 will be the next step. This comes as no surprise, since Windows 8 is one of the few platforms that have not yet received an official Facebook app.
We hope this Facebook app for Windows 8.1 will come sooner rather than later, as many others have already tried to create a third party alternative to satisfy the needs of the users. Just like Twitter, who has a pretty good Windows 8 app, Facebook has to step up and get a hold on this platform.
Foursquare is also coming to the Windows Store
CEO of Foursquare, Dennis Crowley said that they are working closely with Microsoft on the development of the Foursquare app for Windows 8.1. Users of this network will be thrilled to know that in a short while, the app will be available for download in the Windows Store, so we’re crossing our fingers hoping to see it very soon.
Here’s what was also said about Foursquare during the Microsoft conference:
People want to experience and explore the world around them, and the Foursquare for Windows 8 app helps them do that. It makes it fun to search for a place for dinner or to go out, and helps people discover new experiences
We’ll update you with any new information as soon as we find out and we hope to get an exact date of the release for both apps as soon as possible.