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Facebook Beta for Windows Phone updated with News Feed improvements

Facebook Beta for Windows Phone has received another update for the month of December. You'll remember that earlier this month the app was updated with a new 'Top Stories' News Feed, a move initiated by Facebook that a lot of you weren't too happy about. Today's update to the app addresses a number of issues related to the News Feed.

Facebook Beta version 8.3.4.2

  • Improvements for detecting when new News Feed stories are available
  • Fixes to address user-created stories not being shown
  • Fixes to address issues with duplicate stories
  • Fixes to address issues with "Recent Activity" stories
  • Fixes to address issues with stories reappearing at the top of the News Feed
  • Fixes to address News Feed stability

We know a lot of you aren't too happy with the direction Facebook has decided to take the News Feed, but at least today's update will make that section of the app a little more stable on Windows Phone. Don't forget to check out apps like JDB for Facebook if you're not happy with the News Feed.

Grab today's update and let us know what you think of the improvements.

Thanks for the tips everyone!

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150 Comments
  • This app sucks seems slower!
  • Still Waiting For Twitter To Get Updated !!
  • +1 , wonder what happened to the Beta APP which was leaked ( with Hub integartion ).
  • It died like all other top apps. App situation sucks so bad for WP I can't believe it! That's after 4 yrs in market!
  • Blame those stupid app makers
  • No. Blame those consumers not giving windows phones a chance instead. App makers are smart to invest their resources in the more popular platforms.
  • No it's the app makers, if they would have put their apps on Windows Phone & supported it, people would have supported it to.
  • Its catch 22. As a former iOS developer and now developing for WP... I used to make enough money on iOS to live on. With WP I don't. People need to earn money to live. Even Microsoft pit more into Office apps for iOS than they do for WP! Any business want to sell to the largest market possible. I'm hoping that fewer customers = less competition with fewer developers. I'm playing the long game. You could always follow the sheep to iOS.
  • So develop for IOS and WP. Grows your user base and gives you the income you seek. Plus it makes the WP platform grow
  • You are obviously not a developer. I used to term 'used to make enough money to live on from iOS'. That was when the App market was young and you needed a little coding knowledge. Modern software makes it relatively easy to write Apps and the competition/number of developers is massive compared to early days of mobile Apps. Although easy to code, it is still time consuming and unless you hit it big with several Apps, or one blockbuster, then making money from developing apps is often a secondary source of income. I write mainly specialised software for business and depending on what devices they use, I write on that platform. If you feel a shortage of apps exist, why not give your current job up and try coding just on WP to make a living?
  • Why will they wasted their efforts on such small market shares platform?! How many supporting WP??? As compared to Android, WP is easting dusts! Not the app makers faults, is consumers because they think WP is the old Windows Mobile. And also MS fault, because Windows 8 new start tile screen is just horrible and hurting the Windows reputation!
  • Their CEO is too b busy cursing out II instagram and facebook
  • Still waiting for xbox music to get updated
  • Instagram beta fuck you Microsoft
  • Cortana will be fixed and ready to go come Windows 10...so calm thyself down. As for Instagram? Try talking to Facebook on that one. That's their app, not MSFT's. ;)
  • Not going to side with these people, but can't Microsoft take over the development of the Instagram app like what they already did with Facebook official app?
  • Sadly I think Microsoft is in charge of the instagram app not only that but they said they would update it and are working on it hopefully they holding everything for windows 10 at least....hope hope
  • Facebook better bring voice calling to Windows WhatsApp when they will be announcing it for Android and iOS.
  • With all the hopes put on Windows 10, what will happen if they don't deliver ?
    Will Windows became like those end of days cults when their promise of Armageddon is unfulfilled ?
  • No. They will still rule the world like they currently do. Only their users will be able to do so from mobile devices, gaming platforms, smart kitchen appliances, etc.
  • 6-fucking-tag dammit!!!
  • ^^^I approve this message
  • I have 6tag rid doesn't even add unique features to it to make our 6tag app better even though its good also you can't.upload videos and no direct message is broken!
  • Wait for it to be blocked by Facebook / Instagram ( cough **- like 6snap )
  • Fuck Microsoft? For Instagram's negligence?
  • This time they translated all the news feeds?? Since last update all the strings are in English only...
  • Facebook is so last decade, it's grown tiresome, boring and full of idiots. As has twitter. Not got the time for either. Time they're replaced with something far more interesting.
  • This^^
  • Yeah its true idk only going to use it for some app sync just don't use it
  • Twitter is fantastic for reaching companies with issues. I feel like most big companies respond faster to tweets than email/tickets nowadays. Neither one is going away, and as long as they keep buying users, they'll both stay relevant.
  • Like Snapchat? Rofl..
  • I don't understand posts like this... the quality of the content on Facebook is dependent on your friends and the companies you like. I don't really understand how that goes out of style... if your friends aren't posting things you want to see, how is that Facebook's problem?
  • I have restricted a fair amounts of friends... friends that I actually see at least twice per month.
  • FB is good for me in opposite way. Those friends who are in different parts of the world are in contact with each other. Actually most of us are Uni mates. We even organise to meet each other when we go back home. So fb is good for us.
  • Comment of the year right here. Totally agree.
  • top stories lets you miss any relevant content, and shows content you've already seen days ago
  • No the new feeds better than old feeds because we can view a few friend's posts
  • Now I'm seeing posts from people I don't even follow. Wth facebook.
  • Great but the non beta fb for me works amazing :)
  • I installed the official one only for the feeds....
  • So which one is higher, FB Beta or FB?!
  • They put/test new stuffs on beta and then update the official one (or not) :)
  • I know how the process works.. Which one is newer/higher/better?
  • Well, I'm so high that I could eat a star
  • I pretty much answer you question, but i guess you didn't get it. Since beta got the new features first, that means - It's Newer. Since beta got the new features first, that means - It's Higher. Since beta got the new features first, that means until they polish them, they ain't going to the official FB, so that means, sometimes (like this time), official is kinda Better than Beta. Did i make it clearer now? :))
  • I know how the process works.. Lately the official catches up with the beta, then beta gets updated, then official catches up. I was just simply wondering where we're at right now with the new update. Which one was ahead is all...
  • The beta is always ahead
  • Any app before becomes OFFICIAL, it is alpha or beta. So, I don't know how else can I explain you that. I think i was pretty much clear in the previous post, cuz if you know (as you said) how the process works, you wouldn't even ask this. :))
  • You will find yourself wrong there. Technically its true but the fb official app was at one point ahead of the beta( happened a couple months ago). So..... :D
  • "one time" doesn't mean "every time", lol, but i get your point :)
  • JDB devs must have paid Windows Central a ton of money to keep recommending it!
  • Yup, also the app looks like one of those crappy 3rd party Symbian Facebook apps (which sucked dick). I'm stayin' on the official app even though I hate 'Top Stories' from the bottom of my soul.
  • Actually is pretty neat, works for me, and if you don't like to have sepparate apps for FB and Messenger, JDB has it all in one. :) Yeah, it lacks some minor features, but in general works perfect, and it has full black version, the smartphone users with Super AMOLED screens will love it cuz it safes lots of battery than the white official FB app.
  • I'm starting to think the same!
  • I'm buying a new Porsche 911 GT2 with the money they're giving me.
  • Can we go to McDonald's drive through after you get it? Please?
  • Can I have one spin? :)
  • Good taste in cars!
  • Get a Nissan GTR instead Sam ❤
  • Top stories is useless. And the disaster is that the most recent shows every single thing my friends do. So where is the old most recent. Since the update I didn't use facebook at all. Switched to twitter totally.
  • These kind of updates are making people switch to other platforms.
  • You do know that this app makes the FB app just like the ones on iOS/Android?
  • Well, maybe it shouldn't...
  • He is only complaining because it is free to complain.
  • Exactly, Sam is right. If you stay with Windows, you'll think: This is crap. You switch to Android: This is crap. There's no way out if you switch platforms.
  • We don't care mister Ugly Name
  • Totally not updating.
  • DONE. I'm finished. I just. I just CAN'T do this anymore. I'm switching platforms after the holidays. This is insane.
  • It's a beta man! No one forces you to use it..
  • Beta or released ver, both are crap. The official release is much worse!
     
  • iOS/Android apps have that top stories issue too.
  • The apps on IOS and Android have been like this forever, you people are bozos.
  • good luck
  • Ok.
  • BYE!!!
  • Joining you, Microsoft bye! Goodluck to all. But I will still keep an eye here. If Microsoft finally wake up, I will be back.
  • Please. Stop jacking off and read the comments above
  • Diam la, macibai!
  • You don't KPKB here la!
  • Ok Diva, keep an eye upon us please, Bye!
  • Goodbye asshatz!
  • Goodbye ...
  • Do your research! This makes the news feed ON PAR WITH the other platforms!
  • if you mean switching SOCIAL platforms, ok, but switching from Windows Phone won't help
  • Sorry to break this on you, but the iOS version has the same top stories issue and IMO it's even worse than WP version. I just hate going on facebook on my iPad.
  • I'd happily use JDB but its looks are so bad it hurts. In the mean time I'll give new update a try.
  • How about they just get rid of this BS app all together and go back to the Facebook integration that they had before the damn 8.1 Update......  the FB Beta app and the Messenger app are both trash. 
  • If they integrate it into OS, it can't get updated new features is introduced by facebook
  • What new features? When it was integrated into the Hubs it was awesome. All I need is most recent posts and the ability to like and check in. The Hubs worked great for that. Any new features, users can use the app. I still don't know why they had to ruin something that was working so good. Thanks MS and screw you Facebook!!!
  • Like photo comment which is not available in the hub last time.
  • Photo comment was availble via the hub integration. But regardless of that, the BASIC Facebook elements should have never been removed (check-in, like, comment, post....even changing your profile pic). If you want to do something more in-depth than the basics (like fcking around w/ the new features) then download the app. All Microsoft did was make the hubs completely irrelevant. Which was supposed to be one of their main selling points when WP first debuted. 
  • No, photo comment was not available.
  • I assume that he thought you meant commenting on photos (which was available) rather than what you meant (commenting on something by using a photo)
  • Thanks for clearing that up because I had no clue where he was trying to go w/ that
  • They got rid of the Hubs though. Greatest mistake ever.
  • The FB feed is still in the people hub and it is listed by most recent. For me it's more useful and cleaner than the FB app. And If I need to comment or like, I tap on it and it takes me to the post. And if I tap on the person's name it takes me to the individual's page.
  • Judging by the state of the news feed this is a good thing.
  • Amen!
  • Since when other media such as tv stations, radios etc are giving advantage to top stories over news? There should be options for us to choose between what we want.
  • You clearly never saw Italian television. If that was ment to be sarcastic, then feel free to ignore this comment
  • BAH HUMBUG!!!!!!
  • The whole point of a news feed I to see the most recent activity! Not random bs! Wtf are they thinking....
  • I don't really care if ios and android have had this since forever, I'm not here to compare.. The new news feed sucks the ducks and I'm kinda stopping using FB on my phone (maybe I'll just get used to it in the future). I tried JDS but it's totally slow, cluttered and unpleasant to be used.
  • What's with all the hate? iOS and Android have the same issue when it comes to top stories.
  • Just quit facebook, fast and easy, available on all platform
  • When will it be available in India? :)
  • All I want is for it to remember my news feed settings like all the other apps and online settings do, is that so hard!? I get tired of going to Most Recent everytime
  • Installed
  • Maybe I am stupid but why is the Facebook app "beta" forever?
  • It has a public version, this beta is for testers to test what's coming to public version
  • Thanks for your answer. I just wondered because Facebook seems to be the only app which is called "beta" every time I read about it.
  • I like the integration of fb messenger with normal massaging app like in win phn 8... What do u guys think??
  • Please let me know which massaging app you use. Does it have a happy ending?
  • Recently tried Tweetium on both my Surface 2 and phone. It's awesome and I've started relying on this to follow my interests and news more than Crapbook!
  • Why isn't facebook taking over the development of this app? Microsoft is too slow, until 2020 we still get a crappy facebook app. Look at facebook messenger developed by Facebook is much more better. And btw Facebook for Windows is also lack of features and stability. I think Mark Zuckerberg is also one of those isheep.
  • Baloney. It is FB that wanted to pull the messenger out of FB. FB it self is to blame for much of the confusion and the icky apps.
  • Just use the ie browser than you blame anything about Fb beta, fb and MSFT.....
    Go away and blame your self with Gasoline lets us see your suicide I love wp it getting better and better...
  • Well that escalated quickly
  • I'm seeing a ton of content in top stories from people in not even friends with or know...gonna try a reinstall tomorrow. If this is happening, I'm wondering how accurate their privacy settings are?
  • This is FB changing their approach and it stinks. I have no desire to see these others unless I have intentionally connected with them. I am also constantly being bombarded with mail asking me if I know people I have no interest in meeting.
  • Just click on the most recent.. You have to do it on Android too and PC. Stuff I'd rather see is that you could open files and all that kind of stuff which is missing.
  • Can you pin most recent to the start screen? That would be the logical solution to me...
  • Forget the app, Facebook has really messed up the service. I could not care less about many of the people that show up on the page now. Have to jump through hoops to get to your own timeline or see your friends ina linear, meaningful way. I did not join FB to find "new" people. I am there to connect with my friends and loved ones. What a mess.
  • +920
  • I always have been thinking in a positive way about Facebook but now I'm really tired of this nonsense bullshit changes. Top stories is the most idiotic thing they ever did - what's the problem to let people make the decision how they want to see the feed! Facebook sucks from now on!!!
  • I use FB but I don't live by it so I'm contented with the app.
  • Is just an app. Relax people. As long as i can read updates and reply, I'm fine with it. Can't expect much on such low user base platform....
  • Not really "low" anymore but...good try though?
  • You sure??? As compared to Android or iOS?? Dare to say WP is still not in the freaking low 3rd position, and it still can't even move to the 2nd position after all these years???
  • So many Facebook users are unhappy. They complain about so many things but will never leave. I left and never miss it.
  • Can you guys tell me why Mr. Zuckerberg doesn't support Windows Phone FB app?
  • Simple...he is a f*ck. Just like all the other non supporters and believers.
  • All the top apps sucks on WP..Its better to switch to other platforms
  • here is my honest opinion ... Remember Win Mobile 6.0 days were we had all those ROM development  / multiple versions of ROM and developer community was buzzing. Xda-Developers - Remember Windows Mobile section for every device .. thousands of posts  ( Good developers / hackers coder watever you call ) - thats where the talent is. THose are the guys which come up with briliant app development / coding ideas. Reality -  Microsoft dont have them anymore , win32 apps development is getting decreased by day due to Mobile apps.  Big company's try to Hire - WP developers for app developers, guess what there is no talent left. Even microsoft internal developments ( xbox music / Skype are struggling cause of this ). Second Biggest issue microsoft have done ( Silverlight vs WINRT app development ) , no clear direction from start. you watch with release of Windows 10 Mobile , all WP8 developers will be pissed off again as they would do something stupid again. Lastly - Platform doesnt have enough API's to use for developers to develop the way they want their APP to behave ( remember snapchat before 6SNAP ) they didnt had API to disable screenshot , simple things like.   Cheers,
  • If WP dies, Apple is my next choice. I just can't stand that Larry Schmidt! So google is a no go.
  • It's been almost a week, and I haven't logged in to FB. They made that stupid "top stories" change, and I was done with it.
  • Should I update my Facebook beta to it or wait till another releases?
  • Is the most recent feed bug fixed, it keeps showing a blank page
  • It has a timeline review.. Nice..
  • Why can't I post on people's replies!!! God damb it! It's all I want!
  • I'll just don't like the photo hub showing 2 Facebook's places. That's why I only use the non beta version
  • Still using facebook?
  • I wanna use Instagram, but it is STILL in BETA. Well....
  • Jbd sucks though
  • With every effing version I'm expecting them to fix two major bugs: The synchronization with notifications The synchronization with Messenger When I check out the notification on the FB website, the number on my WP tile still stays there until I check it again through the WP app. The same goes for the Messenger notifications. Is it really that bloody difficult to fix this???
  • Bye, bye Sam. It was great having you
  • Miss you Sam
  • I loved MySpace but it is weird and confusing now. It Was far better than facebook!
  • I didn't use facebook for years until the awesome integration and the ME hub. Damn, Microsoft, why did you remove it all??? That was so badass, fast, accurate, simple. The photo hub integration was awesome too! Ugh the photo hub sucks now. I'd switch phones, but there isn't anything better. And the messaging app replacing fb chat in the messaging hub sucks too.
  • It would be nice if i could viewing uploaded file on facebook.