Facebook for Windows 8.1 gets a major update today, here’s what’s new

Microsoft is pushing for a major refresh on their Facebook apps, with Windows Phone 8 getting a major overhaul earlier this week and Windows 8.1 counterpart nipping at its heels. Although Christmas may have come in the middle, it’s clear Microsoft has a plan to keep these apps in tiptop shape.

If your Store has refreshed your apps, then you should be sitting on the version of Facebook for Windows 8.1. It’s a fairly big update with a decently detailed changelog, let’s take a look.

Facebook for Windows 8.1 v1.2.0.12

  • 320 snap view for the whole app
  • Smileys sticker pack
  • Profile pic sync
  • New Stories indicator
  • Create albums from photos page
  • Add photos directly into an album
  • Search thread names when choosing conversation members
  • Refresh in Nearby
  • Improved toast notifications to remove already seen messages, old stories, etc.
  • Edit Posts
  • Edit post privacy
  • Edit Comments
  • Copy link to post
  • Add/Remove people from groups
  • Add friends to lists
  • Delete photos

Where to start? There are so many new features listed for that it’s hard to wrap your head around. Everything from editing posts to profile picture syncing to 320 snap view makes this app so much more full featured than before. That’s all after the previous colossal update on Thanksgiving.

Whether you are using Facebook on your PC, Surface 2 or your new 8-inch tablet, the updated Facebook app should be a real treat to use. We’re curious to see if you hardcore users are enjoying the benefits and whether or not you thin think this app is worth it. Has Microsoft finally delivered on a satisfactory Facebook experience for Windows 8.1? Let us know.

If you don’t have the Facebook app, simply follow this link in your browser to get started.

If you still need the update, head to the Windows Store and then using the Charms bar (right side) go into Settings > App Updates > Check for updates to force check to see if any new apps are available.

Thanks, Salman M., Anmol M., and faalil, for the tips!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.