Facebook overhauls interface, adds high-res photos in Windows Phone update

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By Justin Lafferty

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While the native Facebook applications for iOS and Android have undergone several improvements, not much has happened to Facebook’s Windows Phone app since April. That changed Monday, as Windows announced major upgrades for the phone’s Facebook app, including a more user-friendly interface and high-resolution photos.

Much like Android users, Windows Phone users can also sign up to be part of a beta testing group for new features.

The Windows Phone app also got the Timeline treatment.

Windows announced these changes in a blog post:

A few months ago we created the Facebook Beta program, an opportunity for heavy-duty Facebook users and Windows Phone enthusiasts to help test out and shape future versions of one of our most popular and important official apps. Your help and support has been tremendous, and today the beta program is paying its first big dividend: Facebook 5.0 for Windows Phone 8. Download it now

This major update brings a ton of new features and improvements that many of you have been asking for, including a complete overhaul of the user interface, improved navigation, support for high-res pictures, post sharing, Facebook Timeline view, and more. Grab the update from the Store and tell us what you think.  (UPDATE: We’re also working to bring these features to the Windows Phone 7 version of the app later in the summer. Stay tuned.)

Readers: How else can the Facebook experience be improved on the Windows Phone?