The Instagram client 6tag version 4.0 barely got out the door this morning before being temporarily pulled due to a caching issue. While we wait for the 184.108.40.206 fix to roll out to the Store, it is worth chewing on that version 5.0 – likely not due for many months – is planned to be a universal app for Windows Phone and Windows.
Many developers are already contemplating the Windows 10 OS refresh and new developer tools, which are set to be unveiled later this spring at Microsoft's Build 2015 conference. Huyn is a connected developer, often featured by Microsoft so thinking about a universal app using Windows 10 seems like a no-brainer for the prolific developer.
The news comes in passing from Huyn on Twitter where he was responding to a frequent request for his Instagram app 6tag. Specifically, people are still yearning for the ability to upload and edit pre-existing videos. Currently, 6tag users can shoot live and upload within the app but cannot take a video stored on the phone and upload it like in the official apps on iOS and Android. In response to the request, Huyn comments:
Of course, since we just hit 4.0, a 5.0 update is rather significant meaning we are likely many months away from such a release. However, the prospect of using a Surface Pro 3 or an 8-inch tablet to upload photos and videos to Instagram is certainly tantalizing.
Considering Instagram have all but dropped support for Windows Phone 6tag is the next best thing (heck, it is often better). We look forward to seeing 6tag – and other indie apps – go down the path of app universality with Windows 10.
Source: Rudy Huyn (Twitter)
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