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Hallelujah! Instagram is officially coming to Windows Phone in the “coming weeks”

Instagram and Nokia have announced that an official app is due for Windows Phone

The day has finally arrived, folks. Instagram is officially heading to Windows Phone in the “coming weeks”. Announced this morning in Abu Dhabi during Nokia World 2013, the longtime thorn in the heel for Microsoft’s struggling platform has finally been pulled.

Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram had this to say of the announcement:

"Our ultimate goal is to bring Instagram to everyone who wants to use it…We're looking forward to watching the Windows Phone community use Instagram to capture and share beautiful moments in the coming weeks."

That is undoubtedly a big turnaround in the company who famously gave the cold shoulder to Microsoft, despite the platform’s recent heavy focus on imaging i.e. the Lumia 1020. Granted, Windows Phone users have had quite a few Instagram clients available to them, including the highly rated 6tag from developer Rudy Huyn. But nailing an official title, especially one as important as Instagram, gives the necessary validation to Redmond’s struggling platform.

6tag still appears to best the official app in terms of raw features, but in the end it is all about consumer choice and that companies recognize Windows Phone as a legitimate mobile platform. With an official Instagram app developed by Microsoft coming in the next few weeks, the Windows Phone community can finally move on to their next big challenge. Victory, is here.

Congratulations, to the Windows Phone community.

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Hallelujah! Instagram is officially coming to Windows Phone in the “coming weeks”

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We already know because instagram is owned by Facebook and Facebook don't like Windows Phones.

Actually that's false. Facebook has a better relationship with MS than it does Apple. Zuck stated he isn't involved with direct decisions of instagram management.

99% of wp users I meet do not even know what 6sec or 6tag are, they search for original instagram/Vine Apps (but many have Instagraph).
Rudy was nice, but c'mon, we have 100% FREE official apps here (no more fake filters, hashtag problems and password resets :)
Really apologize for him, but I'm really, really, really happy for WP :) !!!!

Yeah, I'm sure the new apps will be nice. But seriously, I've never had an issue with 6tag or 6sec. They are beautifully designed applications and I'll continue using them.

Agree. I just hope Instagram being official doesn't drive out the excellent 6Tag and other offers from Windows app store.

Then they aren't TRUE WP users. If they were, they'd know about the lack of "must have apps" on this platform.

Developer prejudice is what I call it.

Dude, when you search for Instragram on windows store, the first result you get is 6tag which has 32000+ reviews! where as Instagraph is in not even in the top 5 list and got only 788 reviews with avg star of 3.5 only. 
Wake up from your dream and know the fact.

I gave Rudy my money, but our pic shares are limited due to instagrams filtration, if that's out, yes I'll keep on using 6tag

True dat!  Besides, we don't "really" need an official instagram app that much, now that 6tag really surpasses the the official app itself by standards in comparison with iOS or Android, it doesn't even come close.  Sure we still need the "instagram" platform to get in, but Rudy hit the home run with his 6tag app!!!  Well done Rudy!!! 

Anyone that uses windows needs to use 6tag because it is the new standard for instagram app. The only that the official will have is the name: official.

This more to lure in future windows phone buyers, not to convert 6tag users to instagram. And I also wonder if 6tag will get ads? This might be another reason for the official app. Instgram may losing ad money with 6tag not showing ads. Just a guess.

I completely agree. I got an iPhone a week ago (for development purposes for my job), and I'd say I would w prefer 6tag over the official instagram app

6tag awesome but to the potential new customers, gotta have the official. You tell them what 6yag is and they'll never compute.

Rudy tweeted today about spending about 4 hours in developing a bare bones snapchat app already. haha  We'll see if he plans to push it forward like 6sec/6tag or not...

Who? Let's see... people who aren't illiterate, people who like to communicate effectively, people who pay attention to detail... the list goes on! :P Ö Ü ⇪ 

I came here to say that! I have absolutely no interest in Instagram, but I want it on WP so everyone will shut the hell up about it on every article.

It'll be just like Pandora. I had expected TENS of thousand of happy positive reviews! As of late, it sits at 5241 reviews. WTF! So it leads me to think, its not the app itself that's important. To many, its just having the official available that rattles their bones.

Well... you could say that 1% of people even bother to leave a review, so it could represent a much bigger number. Also, you don't see reviews from other markets, it was released for WP8 only, and it's not even available world-wide! I can't get it in Australia :S

No they wont. 
They'll whine because it's not available as a W8.1 app.
So just to get it out there, allow me to be the first....
 
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  eeehh! When the hell are we gonna get Instagram on W8.1 app store? eehh!
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No, imo i think its thanks to Rudy and all the other devs who made Instagram clients that showed instagram what wp can achieve. Well done guys.

^--this. 6tag will probably continue to lead the way with features that the official client will probably never have. Rudy has already done that in the latest version with built in collage, manual blurring, etc.

Oh there will be. I predict the next moaning will be about how AT&T users will not get Lumia Black (Bittersweet Shimmer).

Actually, people on iOS will not shut up. When Instagram for Android was released, hell broke loose on various parts of the internet because they were so sure that Fandroids were not hipster enough to take decent/classy pictures and they still complain to date. So how will they think of Windows Phone users now that the official app is coming?

I would have to say WP users are a new bread of Hipster...and I've seen some pretty amazing photos on Oggl...so don't count out the WP users. I've also seen some pretty bad pictures from iPhones...from Hipsters...the term isn't relative anymore grandmothers use iPhones...my Mom (and I love her) is neither hip or stirred.

RUDY HUYN. Your job helped instagram realize how big our community is. thank you for your service. Some of us will continue to use 6tag, but this news came because of devs like you who is putting us on the map. We are growing!!!

+2520. Exactly what I was gonna say, thanks to devs like Rudy who have made instagram open their eyes. However for most us tooo late instagram, we have 6tag and instance now :P which are way better. Having said that this will finally shut up people who actually use "you have no official instagram app" to bash Windows Phone... why people are so latched onto an app is beyond me, when especially there are clearly awesome third party alternatives.

@TechFreak1 +8X! I just started using 6tag because my gf wanted to start sharing pics on instagram and its pretty awesome. I still have no real interest, but a side by side comparison of her iPhone to my Windows Phone made it clear that 6tag > instagram at the moment.

yeah, yeah, but when is Instagram coming? Oh, wait. Wow! Now everyone will shut up about it. That said, I highly doubt that the official Instagram app will be anywhere near as good as 6tag or even Instance.

okay, so what should we clamor for next? I say Jet Set Radio and Chu Chu Rocket.

No doubt they'll block 6tag when it gets released like they did with all the 3rd party Facebook apps

Yeah, rollout early next year.. but that can be plugged as anyone can get the update 3 preview, which Greg Sullivan (director at windows phone) confirmed on Windows Weekly (episode 333, 17th of October) that is the final code albeit without the bug fixes and firmware updates the oems will apply ontop of it.

Hm, I'm the same. I have never used Instagram. Maybe I will in the future, but I just can't see myself ever using it at the moment. Still, it is great to see another official name coming to the Store!

While this will stop the painfully ignorant "you can't use Instagram on Windows Phone" comments, the official app will be hard pushed to better 6tag.

Microsoft is the one developing the App? Well, I think we can be sure that Rudy's 6tag will still be a better App then.

Aww yeahh! I thought the same too! Why don't this stupid Mark's Facebook and Instagram develop an app on their own for WP? Although I am hopeful of receiving a Facebook app from Facebook soon sometime after the official Facebook for Windows 8.1 app (which needs an update desperately as for now). I really want the stickers and all and better chat experience on WP's FB app. :/

FINALLY! But 6tag still has several more features than the offical app even has! But it's great for personal choice and what people prefer!

Its really not. What's so particularly special about it? Theyre just going to copy, paste and dump the Droid UI onto the app

Instagrammm ! Video support ? I'm afraid , it will limited like android . Only ICS and above will have the video function .

Who needs this pathetically late arrival which has shunned the platform when you've got 6tag? Serious question...
Too little, too late, Rudy stole all your thunder and he ain't giving it back

6tag will still have more features then the official app will. Who wants to bet Instagram won't utilize live tiles, camera tiles, quick-share, etc, etc.

Much awaited moment. Not cuz i want to use the "official" instagram app but because i am sick of people lamenting about "no instagram" on WP8.

I wouldn't feel bad for Rudy, his apps have a cult following and there are many of us that will continue to support him. I can see instagram as a backup to 6tag.....personally

I have anInstagram account and I don't see the fuss but if this makes anyone happy and for other people holding back with jumping ship then HORRAAAYYY for Windows Phone!

The big thanks is to Nokia and there care for their costumers. If it was to Microsoft, we will be waiting more years. They even forgot their own platform when they developed the remote desktop application.

Way to go Nokia .....

Nice to have the "official" instagam app. But 6tag is a better instagram app then the "official" one on my wife's iPhone.

Instagram, Vine, Flipboard all coming to show their support of Windows Phone...
 
...Your move, Google.

Being on the windows phone platform since nearly day 1 and hearing all the talk and rumors of when instagram will become available for the past 2 years and finally seeing it being officially announced is pretty surreal.

People complaining about not getting a WP becuase lack of instagram.  Now instagram is coming, "those people" need to get a Lumia phone now; or I guess they will still find some other reasons to not get a WP.

Finally getting Instagram is big! Brings legitimacy to WP8 for sure! This is welcomed news. However, I am forevermore linked to 6tag!! Long live the "Rudymeister"!!

This is not just great for consumers. Its also a confidence step for future developers. High caliber app like Instagram usually attracts more developers by making the OS "legitimate". Yes, we can all agree that 6tag is million times better, but as se witnessed it can be disabled overnight.

What? Is it ddveloped by Microsoft? I mean not officially by Instagram.??
If true than, we will have pretty poor app like facebook for WP.!

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