Instagram launches PWA in Microsoft Store with direct messaging

Instagram Progressive Web App
Instagram Progressive Web App (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Instagram PWA is now available through the Microsoft Store.
  • The PWA is available as an update through Instagram's normal store listing.
  • This update also adds support for direct messaging on desktop.

We first caught wind that Instagram was set to bring its progressive web app (PWA) to the Microsoft Store in December, and now it's here. The latest update to the Instagram app for Windows 10 brings the PWA to PCs, which brings a couple of benefits. It also adds support for direct messages, which Instagram first announced were coming to desktop in January.

As a PWA, the app feels very much like using the website, but in a shell that feels like a native Windows 10 app. The move also means that new features and updates should make it to desktop PCs faster, as any change Instagram makes on the web should propogate to the PWA without much fuss. We've seen this in action with the Twitter app, which has seen frequent updates since it made the move to become a PWA in 2018.

If you're using a Windows 10 on ARM device, like the Surface Pro X, it's likely you'll notice better performance out of the Instagram app as well.

Instagram PWA

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Lastly, the arrival of direct messages on desktop means you'll no longer have to switch over to your phone to respond to or send messages. Curiously, this feature still isn't live on the website if you visit in in a browser. Still, it's an important update that should make using Instagram at your PC a little more pleasant.

You can grab this update now on the Microsoft Store with Instagram version

Thanks to Jean Blanc for the tip!

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl