What you need to know
- The Instagram PWA will be in the Microsoft Store soon, according to a report.
- The current Instagram app on Windows 10 hasn't received an update since 2018.
- Facebook recently launched a refreshed Messenger app on Windows 10.
The progressive web app (PWA) of Instagram appears to be on its way to the Microsoft Store. Aggiornamenti Lumia reports that it will be available in the Microsoft Store "very soon."
This news comes as a mixed bag for many Instagram users on Windows 10. On the one hand, progressive web apps allow companies to update apps more frequently because a single update can push across several platforms. This would be welcomed by Windows 10 users since the Instagram app on Windows 10 hasn't been updated since July 2018. On the other hand, PWAs don't always have feature parity with native applications. In the case of Instagram, the PWA does not have access to direct messaging (nor photo uploading, but that's expected).
Since we don't have confirmation from Instagram on the PWA's availability, we can't say what features will ship with the new version of the app. Facebook seems committed to refreshing its apps. Facebook Messenger beta largely closes the feature gap between the Windows 10 version and iOS and Android versions of Messenger. There's a chance that a similar tactic with Instagram could lead to a better app that's updated more often than the current version.