Windows 10 users now have access to the universal applications for Facebook, Messenger and Instagram that were announced at Microsoft’s Build 2016 conference last month.
Product manager Davis Fields introduced the three new apps in a Newsroom post, saying that Facebook and Messenger for Windows 10 will be available Thursday in the Windows Desktop App Store, and likewise for Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile in the Windows Phone Store.
Fields added that Windows 10 Phone Facebook and Messenger apps will be released later this year, and that the Facebook Windows 8 app will be replaced by the new offering in the Windows Store, and users can opt to continue using the older app or update to the new one free-of-charge.
He also provided the following details on the new apps:
We built the new Windows 10 Facebook app so that it’s fast and easy to access your favorite features. Facebook is one click away from the Start Menu, and the app starts and loads your News Feed much faster than previous Facebook desktop applications. You can stay up-to-date with Facebook through desktop notifications, and you can pin a new Facebook Live Tile that shows you the latest updates from your friends, family and pages you follow. It’s also easy to share photos to Facebook straight from your favorite apps or File Explorer.
We included the latest Facebook features in the new app, including Reactions, stickers in comments and a right-hand column that shows birthday and event reminders, trending topics and more. We built an in-app browser to make it easier for people to read and share multiple articles from their News Feed.
To keep your conversations going wherever you are, we’re also rolling out a Messenger app. Along with many of your favorite Messenger features–like stickers, group conversations and GIFs–Messenger for Windows has native desktop notifications that make your experience richer and more complete. You also can see when you have messages waiting for you with a Live Tile.
When we first built Instagram for Windows, we were focused on bringing the app’s core features to the Windows Phone community as quickly as possible. Today, we’re rolling out Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile with all of the community’s favorite features, including Instagram Direct, Explore and video.
You’ll also see that Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile supports Live Tiles, showing you updates right on your home screen.