Real or Fake? Instagram for Windows Phone supposedly revealed on Microsoft Store

Updated with new screenshot (12:30PM ET)

We’re just going to leave this here for now as we’re not 100% sure to do with it. The image above reportedly reveals the official Instagram app for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 on the Windows Phone Store page. But images can be faked and this one has a few issues with it.

For one, the first sentence states: “100 million users love Instagram! It’s a free, fun, and simple way to make and share gorgeous photos on your Android.”

Ahem, Android?

Obviously the use of 'Android' and not Windows Phone is a little suspicious but then again, if this was a quick copy/paste job done internally at Microsoft, who knows what their standards are (if any) for private apps.

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The listing notes that the app is not available for download, which suggest that this is for internal app testing. Another curious thing about the image is the Photo > Social category because as of right now, there is no such category on the Store. That’s not to say this app can’t be creating that category and when it is made public, will be instantiated—but it does raise an eyebrow at the least.

Overall, we’re leaning towards fake on this only because the burden of proof is on the new Twitter account that leaked it: @anontechleaks. Store listings and screenshots are super easy to spoof and with no way of validating this ourselves, we have to assume that we’re being hoaxed here.

Still, leaving some wiggle room for error we can think of a few ways that this could be legitimate. For one, it was rumored that Microsoft had already built an Instagram app but are simply waiting for permission to legally access their APIs. That mirrors a similar situation with a high-quality YouTube app that Microsoft reportedly has compiled but can't release it to due to Google's restrictions. We also just reported a story about hidden apps on the Store, showing that indeed there are some gems lurking in the background (of course, no Instagram app was found during those searches).

But we'll leave this to you today: Is the image and app fake or not?

Source: @anontechleaks

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, 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 for some reason, watches. 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.

  • On your Android?!! Fake!
  • Idk, this has happened before when other companies make apps...
  • anyone noticed " you can't get it here..." Lumia exclusive?
    PS: If it's real
  • yes if it is real and the fact that it has to be downloaded from the phone and not the store means it is an exclusive app.
  • Exactly
  • It says for wp7 and 8 at the bottom. Im sure its coming i go out on a limb and say real!
  • I am not sold that it is real but here is what I was thinking...
    If you are going to take the time to Photoshop/create a fake store listing, don't you think you would also take the time to type Windows Phone instead of android?  My bet is you would.
    Now lets say you are a developer who is feeling the pressure to put your app on a platform your not really excited about. You assign some interne to take care of the app store listing. Said interne is getting paid nothing or next to nothing so carelessly copies the text from the Android App store listing to the Windows store one. Good possibility.
  • The original said Android but when the source started being called out on being a fake he went back and changed it to "Windows Phone" in the second pic. Pretty much tells me that it's a total fraud.
    Probably some kid trying to get twitter followers.
  • lol gotta love it
  • Yawn
  • Exactly ^_^
  • +1
  • Fake.
  • I'm with you.  I think it's fake. 
    There's no Photo/Social category (above the app icon) in the marketplace.
    Even with Windows Phone 7.x devices, the bottom of device image isn't just plain black.  There's an image of the start screen with tiles or the screen is off with some kind of diagonal gradient. 
  • STOP IT! STOP IT ALREADY!!! No more Instagram news
  • +1
  • +1
  • +1, lol. This back-and-forth is getting silly.
  • +1000
    I've come around on the whole Instagram thing. Instead of wanting Instagram to go eff-off, I REALLY want it to come out just so we can stop getting these speculation/filler posts on WPC.
  • I would that we had up votes, good sir. You would have mine.
  • On the one hand, I completely agree, but on the other hand if Instagram becomes available people will just latch their obsessive-compulsive brains onto some other issue. Be happy that you've mastered your anxiety and get on with life. :)
  • +1
  • +1000 the daily is it / isn't it coming and hand-wringing is getting cumbersome to put it plainly.
  • InstaCENTRAL
  • If this is true, it'll put a lot of people on a frenzy. And will it be a Nokia exclusive? Wouldn't surprise me.
  • Who cares? Why is this the biggest worry for an app? Do we really need to take photos and put a filter on it that bad? Hell I have two apps on my HTC that will do that just fine.
  • Its never been about the filters, it's about being able to stay in the loop with friends because everyone else has it.
  • Yeah this app is necessary to stay in the loop with loopy friends.
  • +1
  • ^lol +1
  • arent they all postet on facebook anyways? how can you stay in touch with people and the restriction on smartphones anyways. its as useful as a messenger like whatsapp that restricts on a few mobile platforms
  • Unfortunately it seems to be very important socially. The other day my cousin asked to see my windows phone cuz he has android and is gonna switch phone companies. He said he would switch if it had instagram and a couple of other apps. So with a couple of my coworkers
  • How is that any different than taking a picture with the normal camera, using Nokia Lens or another lens app to apply a filter, then post to Twitter? That's exactly what Instagram does. Windows Phone is doing the same thing. Sounds more like it's about the brand name rather than the functionality or purpose, because you can achieve the exact same thing without the Instagram app on Windows Phone.
  • Instagram is a social network..   It's Facebook or Twitter with pictures.  It's the same thing as not having Facebook or Twitter on your device for people who use Instragram.
    It is not just some app that takes pictures... . not even close...
  • While I am not big on Instagram, this post is correct. Its not about the photos/filters. Its a social network. One that is working on catching up with Twitter (which is why Facebook bought it). For a lot of potential customers, especially High School and Collage age, no Instagram is a deal breaker.
  • It would be nice to try it out. However, I use all the other picture altering apps to convey/present my somewhat idea of artistic view.
  • Some people mostly kids won't adopt WP without this app. The platform needs it.
  • Sharing our food pictures is really important mind you ;)
  • if it was about sharing food photos - everyone should use FoodSpotting (available for Windows Phone of course). 
  • This app is just another social network that allows idiotic teenagers a way to be hip and cool and differ from their parents. But I know we do need it, so whatever.
  • Hey guys, quick question.  Will my kids think I'm cool if I use this?  Also, get off my lawn!
  • Go back to your house olllld man. Your not hip and fresh like us youngsters. Lol
  • Get off my lawn! This is wonderfully hilarious. But seriously, those kids really need to keep off :)
  • If you think this app is for "idiotic teenagers" then you're truly misguided. Celebrities, consumer websites, news services etc use this. I'm not defending instagram, its just the reality of what kind of people/companies use this app.
  • Its a waste of time. Its these stupid social networks that consume the minds of "average" people because they have nothing better to do. I know what social networks are for I use some but they seriously mess with peoples ability to live in reality. Staying connected is one thing living in an app is another thing entirely.
  • Its a great way to have people follow you without adding them to your Facebook friends list. Most celebs will post photos to instagram instead of their Facebook page.
  • because fb and twitter not allow that already? ya.. exactly /sarcasm
    (and no, you don't have to be friend with a celebrity on fb to see their public feed, you can just follow that feed)
    the app is absolutely useless (i use it on an iphone to know what it is), but it has to be on the platform just to get people to shut up about it. like whatsapp. the integrated services are more mature, have less security holes, and work much better as they're integrated. but people want instagram and whatsapp, because.. no clue. but they want it. it has to be there, thusly.
    even though it is absolutely useless.
  • For you.
  • No, it is absolutely useless/redundant. We need it on WP8 to gain more users, but that doesn't mean it isn't a redundant social network. If you wanted to follow someone else without adding them to your Facebook or Twitter (which I have no idea as to why you'd want that unless you're embarrassed or something), you could just as easily create another account on Facebook or Twitter and follow them separate to your other account. Twitter/Twitpic and Facebook already allow you to share pictures and Twitter has hash tags if you want random people to try to find your picture via search. Except for filters and trying to be hip, I don't see the value someone would get to adding this social network to the other two.
  • And the really fuq'd up thing about it is WP will get it, and it wouldn't surprise me if it's actually better than on other OS's. But we'll soon find out it makes little or no difference with overall WP device sales like people are claiming.
    It'll be some other frivolous app, or "feature" someone else has.
  • Idiotic teenagers? Im sorry to say but the amount of ignorance and stupidity here is just...immense.
  • oh come on if i knew your sensitive feelings were gonna get hurt id have chosen different words. Let me rephrase so that you can feel warm and fuzzy inside again. In my personal experience with people who use instagram this is what they do on it. Guys use it to look at naked girls and girls use it to look at naked guys. if not they take pictures of their damn food and post it like anyone gives a shit. IF not that they put fugly ass filters on their photos and call themselves photographers. sorry social networking is not a valid defense for this garbage app. are your feelings better? for the record this is my opinion. everyone expects their opinions to be respected then learn to accept other peoples opinions as well. am i saying i dont want instagram on wp no but thats my opinion of instagram okay? RELAX. :D
  • for some people yes :))
  • As a social network, Instagram is actually more popular than Facebook among kids and teenagers. It blow my mind that people still don't get the social aspect of these platforms.
  • I know. A smartphone that takes pictures and the ability to share. Its made for being social.
  • Actually I use my phone for getting important information on the go. Social networking is just a luxury and I do get the social aspects there's just a new one every ten minutes. If kids and teens get bored that quickly then instagram is just another fad nothing more.
  • I hope instagram is coming, it is so good for the ecosystem
  • Its social networking, not just a filters app.
  • Probably fake.
  • Imstagram is crucial for the platform.... whether you like it or not.
  • I hate to agree with you but it does seem like it's necessary.  Personally I would never use this crappy service, but it's funny how certain things catch on and become necessary.
  • Exactly, it's not about pictures, social or filters. Its about a major app being available on the platform, it shows other developers that adoption for WP is increasing and worth developing for.
  • This guy gets it (R0bR). I find it so strange that most people posting on here aren't intelligent enough to get this. Or just ignorant enough to argue it's importance in their lives (which we really don't care enough about to live by).
  • I think this looks real. A lot of slip-ups happen and are sometimes authorized leaks. Probably like 6 months out from release, though.
  • More fake than Jordan's boobs.
  • shopped
  • Fake. Although I remember apps that said "Windows Mobile" in their app description.
  • I would just like temple run. Don't care about instagram.
  • Yes! We need Temple Run (and Temple Run 2). For WP7.8 as well, not just WP8
  • What's the deal with filters? Still can't understand the Instagram obsession...
  • It's not about filters.  It's about the picture based social network behind it.
  • Filters are optional. It's a social network.
    Imagine if WP8 didn't have FB or Twitter or 4sq. Not everyone 'gets' the need to use these social networks, but there is still a lot of demand for it.
  • It's not about filters, it's about sending a picture.
  • going to have to agree, I don't get it either. I hear a lot about how it's not about the filters but the social network, etc... but I have a FB, twitter, and G+ account. I think that's enough "social" in my life.. heck it's probably too much. 
  • Its about trying to stay current and cool, and letting some application become the center of your universe. I use Facebook twitter, and linkedin. I don't need another social networking app. I can barely stand using the ones I have now.
  • i'm glad you're okay with the current social networks you have, but the platform needs to stay competitive to remain relevant and grow in size. i use instagram on my nexus here and there but the need for it to exist to grow the platform is very real and necessary. saying otherwise is just short sighted and completely missing the point.
  • I'm not saying the platform doesn't need it just that in a couple of months or years instagram will be the next twitter ala Facebook ala MySpace ala migente for my Spanish peeps. People forget that social networking is a luxury not a need.
  • And people like you seem to forget that Facebook has lasted almost 9 years and Twitter has now lasted amost 6. MySpace (2 years), Migente (3 years), Black Planet (3/4 years) and other social networks of the past failed because of spam and no administrative oversight unlike the thriving networks now. How about you just trolling Instragram stories with unnecessary hate?
  • I have just as much right to voice my opinion about an app that people complain about daily. Instead of spamming the morons who made the damn thing. I'm not hating nor trolling just speaking the truth. All my friends use instagram I have an iPod touch and could use it if I wished so how am I trolling? Your mad because im badmouthing something you like is all.
  • I'm not mad at all. You just always seem to be posting generalizations that have no merit or basis in reality. You seem like a delusional hater and obviously I've struck a bone for you to react the way you have.
  • Why do I need a reason to dislike it? You haven't struck anything I just don't like people putting words in my mouth. Delusional in what sense I just think its sad that grown men and woman cry about apps. I've given enough attention to boring social networks. Unfortunately they are needed because people have seem to forgotten how to use a phone. Its clear that you fail to recognize that I would welcome the app I just don't worship it. I don't like it you do we differ its called being human beings. I don't hate you, or anyone else, and will definitely not get into an argument over instagram or any other app. Idk what your trying to prove or if you were just picking a fight but it isn't gonna happen and you won't change my pov sorry
  • Don't let 'em work you up...
  • Nothing like bad-mouthing, talking down about and generalizing users to like services that you don't like. That's exactly the kind of attitude that will make WP the most desirable platform! BTW, your incessant instagram hate belies your other social network usage. All 3 of the ones you use are all about staying "current & cool" to some people. You can't stand them, don't use them.
  • LOL who said I hate instagram? When did I say that fool? Oh that's right I didn't. I was making a point, clearly you are the one offended by my post because your the type of person I outline. Come on bro if you read my post I explicitly say that its good for the ecosystem dimwit. I barely use twitter and I chat on Facebook something easily achieved if people used something else like Skype. Your annoying whining about needing instagram is a first world problem and if WP doesn't get it oh well bigger things to tackle like life? Just an example. Just saying please don't put words in my mouth thanks.
  • The part that bugs the sh!t outta me is that WP as a whole is a great OS. But to hear the constant whining and crying about and the claims that people will leave or avoid WP for an app (really ONE weak, boring, carbon copy app?!?) is just ridiculous to me.
    Or even worse those that BLAME Microsoft for a developers lack of interest. I'll say it again, people have it backward. If you want something done you have to "boycott" the developers, because they are the ones who are truly ignoring you.
  • You're funny. When did I whine about needing IG? Obviously you're putting words in my mouth and I must of said something right because you've started trying to insult me, which usually means you have no argument (which you don't). Your hate for IG is highly apparent for anyone who can read the main thread through your comments.
  • I apologize if I specified you I just meant in general. Again don't hate instagram, I just don't think people should purchase products because of individual apps, I don't like instagram im not opposed to it coming to the platform. Wouldn't make a difference to me because I don't use it. Again I agree that its good for the platform. I just want the topic of instagram on the forums to die that's it. And if you think that's insulting then im sorry but im alot less nice when I wanna be rude. I kept it relatively clean besides fool and dimwit which imply that you sounded foolish and have a dim wit about you. So again I apologize but hey like they say its my opinion aren't you glad we all have them.
  • Then don't download instagram.  No one is forcing anyone too.  What difference does it make if it comes to the store?  If it's the end of the world for you, SEE YA!
  • People must not read. Or they have selective reading. Let me type it in capitol letters so you can see better. IM NOT OPPOSED TO INSTAGRAM COMING TO WINDOWS PHONE!!!!! I JUST DONT THINK THAT APP IS GOOD!!! UN-DER-STAND?
  • Don't you think that if this were true Microsoft or Nokia weren't already announced this months and months ago?
  • Not necessarily. Remember when MS had displayed Angry Birds as one of the launch window games for WP7, only for it to not show up for over a year? There was also the time when Pandora was announced as a launch app, and we still don't have it, even after they re-announced it with a year of ad-free listening. My point is, MS has been burned with early announcements before so they may just be being extra cautious.
  • What you have to understand is that it has less to do with MS than you think. Developers have to DEVELOP.
    Instead of holding MS to the flame and claiming they got burnt I don't understand why people don't turn away from, or "boycott" the developers who are ignoring you.
  • I understand that. I'm not holding MS's feet to the fire at all. What I'm saying is, MS has been burned by prematuring announcing apps before. I'm sure those devs at Rovio & Pandora allowed MS to announce them before launch only to pull back and leave MS in a terrible place.
  • Maybe its just me, but I'm loving all the Instagram speculation/hype. Keep it comin' I say. :D
  • +1
  • thats a fake.. I searched for instagram via app highlights and nothing were found.
  • They patched that yesterday I believe. Now you cant see what isn't already published on the store
  • Of course I meant BEFORE it was patched! ;-)
  • Ballmer, make it happen.
  • Wait don't you mean, "Kevin Systrom" make it happen"?? Cuz he's the one who's ignoring you.
  • I hope it's true, if only so that I never have to hear another word about this nauseating, brain-rotting app.
  • ^this
  • The account has 1 tweet. This is the only one.
    The first sentence says 'on your Android'.
  • Stop teasing us :(
  • Ah the old 'take a picture of a screen' trick to help mask any photoshop imperfections. If someone had that on their screen why not just hit printscreen? Fake.
  • Because a Printscreen image would be evidence? C'mon... ;) Still, if it's now added.
  • And the screenshot description magically says "..share gorgeous photos on your Windows Phone" now. 
    Highly suspect
  • Their explanation: photo was older. Screenshot was just taken and it Android/Windows Phone has been fixed.
  • to be honest.. they are liying.
  • Windows phone apps use tiles. Not the icons.
    I wish you did not make it an article. :)
  • I'd say the post was published because there will be tons of other down-level sites that will report this as "fact", and Dan may feel obligated as Windows Phone community voice to share his feelings on it.
  • Yep, when I submitted an app, they got mad at me for using chrome, so I had to make it flat (WP design).
  • I'm not a big Instagram fan but I think that the purpose of Instagram is not to put "nice" filters on your pics but to share them with your friends. It is more a social network than a photo editor. 
  • Its coming
  • Would be nice. Looks fake however.
  • Instagram is not just about the filters is about sharing. People like to share. Not everyone but at the moment a lot of people. And tons of persons haven't moved to WP8 due to the absence of this type of apps.
  • I really don't believe that.
  • There should be a third option: "I want to believe"
  • ^
  • Oh boy its so fake!
  • Just let it go. If the devs dont want to release it for WP nothing will change that. Lets focus on the fact that Microsoft themselves are failing to create any high profile exclusive apps from their wide range of gaming IP along with the sorry excuse that is Skype on WP and Windows 8. Talk about $8.5 billion down the drain....
  • Yes, Microsoft needs to get us some EXCLUSIVE Halo & GoW Windows Phone games! They own these two highly successful franchises & have yet to bring either to this platform. Hopefully they're working on it. Not really expecting it though.
  • Fake, looks at the stupid icon.
  • The icon isn't that far off of Fhotoroom's which isn't entirely a flat metro look either. I think it's fake too, but not because of the icon.
  • When this finally comes, everyone is going to be excited for a whole two days then start complaining about another app we don't have on windows phone. But I would like to see this app on windows mostly to stop seeing these headlines for instagram. 
  • +1
  • You got it. Remember Draw Something? No one cared after it released and it was all, where's instagram? After IG, it'll be, where's snapchat? And after that something else.
  • After snapchat they'll be asking "where is the furby app?";-)
  • Eh maybe, but Draw Something fizzled out very quickly.  It was a phenomenon for a few months immediately after release and then iOS users moved on to the next fad.  It was a fad, and arrived on Windows Phone after everyone had already moved on.
    Contrast that with the consistent and constant demand for Instagram.
  • Exactly, Draw Something (and to an extent, Words With Friends) was DOA when it made it to WP, unlike Instagram, Pandora & Pinterest. Ruzzle (the current popular game fad) will likely suffer the same fate as Draw Something, but IG & Pandora demand will remain constant.
  • My bet is it'll be Rocklive...
  • +1
  • I know its crazy, its like all these people want apps on their phone that they like to use.
  • In the words of Senator Vreenak, "IT'S A FAKE!!!"
  • One of the best Star Trek episodes ever made.
  • Yes indeed. "I can live with it." #BenSisko4TheWin
  • What we need is a WatchESPN app.
  • +1. Xbox360 has it, why don't we?
  • We also need a Hulu plus app.
  • So since we already have Facebook & Twitter and don't need Instagram. By your logic, we already have Crackle & Netflix, so we don't need Hulu Plus.
  • Huh? I don't think you replied to the proper posting, but you make a great point.
  • O relax again never said we don't need it for the ecosystem I just don't need it!!!..... What are you gonna haunt my posts?
  • Also, how about an MLB At Bat app? I'm pretty sure one is coming soon, based on the small print at the bottom of the recent iOS/Android release, but I'm becoming less and less convinced that the feature set will be commensurate with the iOS/Android release.
  • Well, we have had At Bat, but it's never included the video streaming that's the real reason most want it.
  • They always release At Bat, just usally 1 or 2 months after iOS/Android.
  • HBOgo
  • They need to fix ScoreCenter's problems first and update the UI to at least resemble the Win8 app at least little bit.
  • This^ And quoted for troof!
    "What we need is a WatchESPN app"
  • gotta be some android trolling.
  • GTFO
  • Hope its real..huge need for WP8 to gain mindshare and broader mass appeal.
  • Nah...
    Likes #2instawithlove better... ;)
  • Fakke
  • No doubt fake
  • double fake
  • Even if it was real, who cares?  Instagram is so over-rated and while many people think it'll help the platform, I highly doubt it'll make a major difference.  Sure it'll help a little, but nothing drastic.  It's all about user perception and word of mouth.  Even if with crazy marketing, it didn't help as much.  We just need to keep spreading the world and showing people why Windows Phone is the best phone OS, instead of wasting time waiting for Ditztagram.
  • " Instagram is so over-rated and while many people think it'll help the platform, I highly doubt it'll make a major difference. "
    You folks keep missing the point. It's not about the app specifically, it's about changing the mindset of any developer who is not considering Windows Phone as a viable platform to do business on. Yes, Instagram is "dumb". Yes, Windows Phone is doing terribly at 3% market share. You make the connection.
  • That's always my perception. I am not a fan of Instagram. I didn't use it when I had an iPhone. However, ignoring the importance of getting popular apps in the WP Marketplace is short-sighted. I don't see the appeal of Instagram but having it available certainly wouldn't hurt.
  • THANK You Daniel!  This is like the first logical comment on this wall of text.  As an WP app developer myself, what you said is 100% correct.  Getting these major apps is crucial to the platform while showing other major app developers that there is interest in the platform, so that they can come over and create apps.  I tell people all the time that app development has a domino effect.  It works one way or the other.  As WP gains major developers... -The other way is what we are seeing with BB right now...with no interest in developing, thus causing Android ports to come over to the platform.  Instagram is just one step in the process of the long uphill battle to improve the app market on WP.    A lot of folks do not understand that apps and having major app developers are the key to survival on a platform.  If people don't have the apps they need (which we saw when WP7 launched) why should they switch from a platform that has everything they already need?  Us WP adopters have a close mind when it comes to this -simply because we can "live" without with anything not already available.  But I guarantee that other people are going to take this into consideration. 
  • Malatesta is 100% right. And might I add, when we show people that WP is the best OS and they immediate ask, "Does it have Instagram?" or Pinterest or Pandora or anything else, and we say "No, not yet", then it's a failed converstion.
  • MS should be working on making the next killer app. Instagram has had its time in the sun. The kids will move on to something else soon enough. That's what they do.
  • I'm not worried about Instagram at all asI don't use it, but I am having a tough time understanding why if FB owns Instagram and MS has an ownership stake in FB why wouldn't there be a little pressure to satisfy a stakeholder by creating the app?
    according to Joe Belfiore this is the first WP8 game to come with Unity Engine's SDK , in the describtion its says that its the one of the best games in the App Store !!! (Apple Store?!) so this mistake is common,
  • yup description has not been changed to reflect it is on windows store and not apples app store, so yes things are missed and could be the same with this instagram too.
  • For the sake of the platform, I hope this is real. But I hope Microsoft realizes that app popularity can be fickle, and realizes they should be looking forward to whatever the next killer app could be. They need to be on the boat upon initial release, not a year after the app has peaked.
  • the updated screen shot says Windows phone? defiantly fake!
  • haha so the guy realized how bad his fake was and went back to change "Android" to "Windows Phone"
  • Likely fake, but still arouses much attention. Either way, I'm getting tired of all this news about instagram.
  • Maybe Blue will give us Instagram integration.
  • Could the app have been ported from android hence the app description?
  • Spoke to a Microsoft employee at the Microsoft store on Orlando and they said Instagram is coming soon... Take it with a grain of salt but it was nice to hear
  • Basic Microsoft employees have no info on that kind of thing. They say it to sell. I wouldn't trust store employees.
  • I don't think this was the apple store.
  • Seems legit.
  • If it is coming, awesome!
  • I really don't understand this obsession with this app. There are plenty really good substitutes so why should I care about this particular one.
  • ´because it has the the community on it, 100 million people on it, for example imagine if there was not an facebook app but myspace only and u would say who cares about facebook there is pretty good substiitutes there ?? ..  so yeah windows phone needs instagram and thats it.
    I myself do not like instagram at all but for sake of windows phone i want it, many people doesnt buy windows phone 8 because lack of instagram so we need it so much.
    For me the only app that bothers me which isnt there yet is viber, hope it comes soon enough
  • People are obsessed with Oreos while there are literally hundreds of substitutions that look and taste the same, but people are still obsessed with Oreos. Same for this, while there are many substitutions, nothing is exactly like Instagram.
  • Don't be bringing a bunch of fake Oreos to an Oreo party. Just saying....
  • As has been said a million times.. Its not the app experience that matters. This app has huge ecosystem importance. It may not be in 2years time, but right now NOT having this particular app on WP is enough to keep customers on android and ios, and Microsoft knows this. It might not mean much to you or me but to a million other fickle consumers, these things make the crucial difference in store.
  • You don't have to care about it. That's the beauty in choice
  • It's obviously real. I read it on the internets. *_~
  • Social networks gain customers. Can you imagine if Windows Phone didn't have Twitter at all? People who frequent Twitter wouldn't buy a Windows Phone. That doesn't make them stupid or silly. It makes them informed consumers. It's the same thing with Instagram. It's a social network that focuses on pictures. It would be an amazing addition to Windows Phone. If you can't see that, YOU are the misinformed one. I expected Instagram to come to Windows Phone soon enough, so I bought a Lumia 920. I thank Nokia for realizing the customers like me who want Instagram and trying to get us what we want.
  • +1 Another sensible and spot on comment.
  • just post it when its getting sick of this instagram thingy..
  • If this is fake it is a good one. The text rendering looks right and it isn't a very easy task to fake ClearType text in Photoshop.
    It looks real to me.
  • I was planning on leaving a comment but figured the point would be moot. Considering I refuse to utilize any social networking service and have no open/accounts to any of them my comment would just end up being bashed by the thousands of social networking fanbois and fangirls noting my idiocy to the subject. How ironic, soo many pots and kettles...
  • I'm sure no one is gonna bash anyone, provided one (not you specifically) leaves a comment that intelligently contributes to the discussion. And I am not one to suggest to someone what and where they post. However, I would imagine if you don't care about something, you could choose to ignore it and move on to the next topic. I mean, I hate mashed potatoes. So I see nothing productive in going to a forum for mashed potatoes and bashing them.
  • How can you hate mashed potatoes?!?!?! I'm so going to call you bad names and insult your mother.
  • I guess they hire lazy people if they do copy and paste. Layoff time
  • Not yet. WP, I suspect will get instagram but its better to wait on official word. But it's fun if you have nothing else better to do than speculate.
  • Who fricken cares if wp have it or not. I can live without it. I guess people have no life without it.
  • real;...why not..every thing is possibel in proggraming world
  • Although I've seen messaging apps on the windows marketplace who talk about android.
  • 100 million dummies. wow
  • Yes, because pro photographers & fellow WP enthusiast who enjoy sharing their work and seeing the work of others are dummies. Had no idea I was.
  • I hope it is...we need it
  • This definitely Fake,
    1. If there would be such an app Nokia wouldn't release #2instawithlove
    2. Details mentioned are wrong
    3. If app would be coming, Microsoft would go mad over their Facebook page.
  • I remember when Instagram was working to Android, they gave a page to only say about that. They even did a subscription page to you receive the news on your e-mail that Instagram was avaliable to your phone as soon as they launched the app. So, I guess is fake. They like to put like drama to release the app. The app itself carries an aura. Some fanboys here, like to say that Instagram is not good, not necessary and bla bla. These answers are stupid. No one cares about the filters itself, I used to edit photos in snapseed and send to instagram on android, but the social network is nice. Without Instagram is like without Twitter.
  • It's truly disheartening to see how many people here are ignoring the importance of having this app on our platform. It's also extremely insulting to call fans/users of Instagram "idiots" or "having no life". Please tell me, when was the last time you created an app that sold for $1B or was being used by thousands of well-known celebrities? Whether you like the app or not, the value in having it on our platform is clear.
  • I wish this could be the top comment.
  • I couldn't care less for Instagram. I am more interested in getting a bloody Counters/Data Sense App in WP8 than an App to tweak photos of food.
  • Insta-gram....more like delayed-gram!  I'll be here all week.  Try the veal.
  • Instagram is in the right path when they say there is no enough demand on WP8, nobody cares about instagram anymore, just teenagers.  Just make a poll and you'll see how Instagram losses by 80%
  • Someone explain to me what's the commotion about Instagram? 
    There are better apps for photo sharing and editing
  • It's all about the numbers really alot of people use Instagram, therefore new people will use Instagram. Personally I think Instagram is a terrible thing since it basically is a bunch of people who ruin their photos before they share them.
  • "Instantiated"? As I don't think the word was used properly, were you making an Instagram pun, Daniel?
  • if they want people to jump into wp, give them what the majority asks for, whether some find it idiotic or rubbish. cmon ms. aish!
  • The fact that it says Android, actually makes me believe that it's real. We've seen time and time again that official sources makes mistakes like this. A recent one is Azubu TV directly copying the ToS from and forgetting to remove the parts that says "". If it was a fake they would've paid enough attention to fix that error.
  • This is my first time posting to WPC. Hello all. Instagram needs to come to windows phone because it's used frequently by many people. And since its used by lots of people and it comes to WP then Instagram will serve as the leader of bringing popular apps here. Hopefully other devs will follow. Plus I lost my iPod and I'm kinda missing Instagram. (I use and love Lomogram too though)
  • Am I missing something, or does the Marketplace even have a "photo / social" category?? The CEO of instagram actually worked at google for a while. I wouldn't be surprised if that is one of the reasons behind them ignoring WP.
    /conspiracy theory
  • I hope its real. :)
  • Can we just have it now pls.
  • I have realized something about threads like these.  Whether I am on Crackberry or here.  The amount of you who post on these forums are so out of touch with the mobile world.  For people who talk and talk about WP all day, you have no clue what the hell is actually going on in the mobile world.  TO call the 100 million or so users on instagram dumb is just plain ignorance.  We live in a world where PEOPLE, ACTUAL REAL PEOPLE, like to share things.  Thoughts, pictures, experiences.  Instagram put's the visual into social without the Facebook or twitter filler.  I read twitter these days and it's a bunch os useless rants or it's repost after repost of what someone said.  Instagram has ONE purpose, share photos.  Those of you who make the comments about people taking pics of food are also out of touch.  Ask any reputable chef, it's all about the presentation, and to them food is art.  Embrace attitudes like instagram is useless and you will find really soon the WP will also be useless as in not around anymore.
  • I'm not big on social hype which is why I have a windows phone and not an iPoo. Feedback from long-term apple customers is that it does a lot of things to a mediocre level making it "cover all bases" Id rather have a phone which has a wide range of capabilities which it can do to a very good standard. Instagram is following the same rules. You need an iPhone because your mates got one. You need whatsapp because your mate has it. Instagram is the same as all the other non-branded lens apps the difference is that your mates will have it. Having said that Microsoft need these kind of apps to enable it to become strong competition for apple and google. To summarise, our opinion doesn't mean diddly squat people will want instagram so they don't miss iPhone. this will conntinue to happen until Microsoft has apps that everyone else wants, its the way business works. From a windows phone user perspective what's good for Microsoft is good for me so I won't moan if it comes. But I won't miss it if it doesn't My 2 pennys worth =D
  • Just FYI, the category "photo/social" does not exist. With it presented like that, that would mean social is a subcategory of photo in the marketplace (it's not). 
    If this was truly real, the source would post the App-ID for everyone.
  • I'm not big on social hype which is why I have a windows phone and not an iPoo. Feedback from long-term apple customers is that it does a lot of things to a mediocre level making it "cover all bases" Id rather have a phone which has a wide range of capabilities which it can do to a very good standard. Instagram is following the same rules. You need an iPhone because your mates got one. You need whatsapp because your mate has it. Instagram is the same as all the other non-branded lens apps the difference is that your mates will have it. Having said that Microsoft need these kind of apps to enable it to become strong competition for apple and google. To summarise, our opinion doesn't mean diddly squat people will want instagram so they don't miss iPhone. this will conntinue to happen until Microsoft has apps that everyone else wants, its the way business works. From a windows phone user perspective what's good for Microsoft is good for me so I won't moan if it comes. But I won't miss it if it doesn't My 2 pennys worth =D
  • +100000
  • I remember iPhone users talked crap when instagram arrived on android. I wonder what they'll say when WP gets it haha
  • I remember people canceled accounts because it wasn't exclusive to iOS anymore!
  • Real fake
  • I didn't see anyone mention this but why does the icon look like iPhone and not like a tile?  that would be the biggest stand out to me.
  • Can someone fake a GROWLr app page? I'd be more interested in that. At least then I can put some filters on pictures of my junk instead of food.
  • Should tweak the title...I Haven't known the Microsoft Store to sell apps, lol ;^p
  • according to the newly released drift the windows store does actually sell apps, according to the description.
  • Fake, just went to the Windows Phone app store and it's not even there.
  • My wife won't switch till we have Pintrest and Instagram
  • When we get Instagram, can I start complaining that we don't have Path?  Or maybe Into_Now?  
  • LOL good one! 
    One more app I am looking forward is Day One Journal!
  • While waiting for Instagram, why not try Pixl for Flickr hope you may gonna like the social aspect of Flickr in a tried-true way :)
  • Instagram!
  • Whether we like it or not, kids and teenagers are important smartphone customers. Most WP devices have killer cameras and will suite perfectly with photo sharing apps like Instagram. Bring it on WP, Microsoft. You can put Skype on Facebook, you surely can put Instagram on WP. :)
  • Who cares about instagram. Don't u guys have enough social apps already. U just want to post pics. Post them on Facebook or twitter. Who cares about instagram. I had an iPhone and never used. Seemed redundant
  • I hope it's real but I don't think so. I don't really care if the screenshots are real or fake as long as we actually get instagram soon so people can shut up about it. And of course it is one less major strike for a lot of people against Windows Phone.
  • Today is up the beta of instgram in the Windows Phone store
  • Instagram is an important step for MS / Nokia, to claim that they have finally arrived. its more than just an app at this point.