Windows Phone users who want to get a jump on the next version of the Facebook application for that platform can install a beta version of the new app, Microsoft announced in a post on the Windows Phone Blog.
Microsoft added that users who choose to beta-test version 126.96.36.199 of Facebook for Windows Phone can run the existing version, 4.2.1, simultaneously.
The announcement on the Windows Phone Blog read:
Today we’re launching a new program designed to help speed up delivery of new features in the official Facebook app for Windows Phone and need sharp-eyed, energetic volunteers to download a beta version of our next release and tell us how to make it better.
Don’t like it when apps crash? This probably isn’t the program for you.
If, on the other hand, you want to see where we and the Facebook team are headed and want to provide engineers feedback during a time when it actually matters, you can grab the beta app here. (To avoid confusion, the beta won’t show up in store search results and is only available via this direct link.)
As you’ll see, the app is undergoing a major redesign and now includes several much-requested features, including new support for high-res photos, post sharing, and Facebook Timeline. Once you’ve put the beta app through its paces, we hope you’ll pass along bug reports, feature requests, and other feedback by going to settings, about in the app. You can also post a store review. Your comments and suggestions will inform future releases.
Windows Phone users: Will you download the beta version of the new Facebook app?