What you need to know
- A new Facebook Beta app is in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10.
- The app is a progressive web app that uses your Edge installation of the Facebook website.
- Facebook removed its previous app from the Microsoft Store just over one year ago.
Facebook removed its app from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 in March 2020. Now, just over a year later, a new Facebook app has appeared in the Microsoft Store. The new Facebook app is still in beta, and it's different than the previous Facebook app. The new Facebook Beta app is a progressive web app (PWA).
Right now, the Facebook Beta app doesn't appear to be different from Facebook's website when opened on any browser. In fact, according to Aggiornamenti Lumia, the PWA uses your Microsoft Edge Chromium installation of the Facebook website.
If you go to Facebook's website in the new Microsoft Edge and go to install the website as an app, you'll see the option to open the Facebook app instead.
To use the new Facebook Beta app, you need to be on Windows 10 version 19003 or higher. You also need the latest version of Microsoft Edge.
As the Facebook Beta app is essentially just an installed website, it doesn't offer a different experience than what you'd expect within a browser. It does, however, provide another way for people to install a Facebook experience on Windows 10.
Some people don't know that you can install websites as apps and might be used to an app store model. By having an app in the store, Facebook makes it a bit easier for people to find a way to browse it.
Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook is the devil
What I hope with this PWA app is to support native Windows Share so user can share stuff like photos from let's say Photos app, all without having to open Facebook app. Share support is what should make it more useful as an installable PWA app from the Store. Hopefully they can Re-implement Live Tiles as well.
What about notifications and badges?
That's what I was going to ask too. I use a bunch of them and love them overall, but they are inferior to other apps in that they are missing badges in the Taskbar. At least the ones I've used so far are (like MS Teams -- Desktop Teams app shows waiting messages and activity, Web App install does not).
Feels so good to have deleted my facebook account. So, liberating.
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