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Instagram finally arrives on Windows desktops


Instagram has finally been made available to Windows 10 desktop and tablet users. To recall, Instagram first made its way to Windows 10 Mobile platform though was limited to mobile devices. Users can now download Instagram for Windows 10 PCs from the company's Windows App Store.

Much like the mobile version of the app, Instagram for Windows 10 tablets will allow users to capture, edit, and share directly from the device. However, the Windows 10 devices should pack a camera to click images.

The Windows App Store listing of Instagram notes, "Keep in mind that other devices running Windows 10 may not support certain features, like the ability to capture and upload photos and videos." The app also includes all of the popular features including Instagram Stories, Direct, and Explore.

The app, which is better suited to tablets at the moment, could use a bit more work to better accommodate desktop users. For one thing, the main interface only takes up the center of your screen, leaving plenty of white space on either side. That space could’ve been better utilized to display comments next to photos in your feed, similar to how the Web app shows individual posts.

Plus, the app crashes when you try to add a Story, if you’re using a machine without a backward-facing camera. It’d be best to either hide this button or simply allow people to upload images and video on whatever device they have. There’s also a Live Tile which should ideally rotate images from your feed in your Start menu, but I haven’t been able to get it to work yet.

Hopefully, we’ll see these issues fixed – and perhaps even get the ability to post from any PC, camera or not – in a future release.