Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo sharing platform is not supported on Windows 10 Mobile handsets, not any longer. The app received an update recently, which didn’t bring any major feature for a software update per se but seems to have ended support for mobile devices running Windows 10.
Interestingly, the app seems to show support for PC alone on the Windows Store now. Earlier, the app used to be supported on both PC as well as mobile device. The change seems to be a recent event and Instagram hasn’t offered an official reason as to why it ended support for Windows 10 Mobile platform. We have reached out to Instagram for an official statement whether it’s ending support for Windows 10 Mobile.
As noted by MSPoweruser, the only way to access Instagram on Windows 10 Mobile right now is to use Microsoft Edge browser. The web interface of Instagram on Edge supports all the normal features found on app including option to post photos, use filters and even view stories. However, a modern mobile platform is defined by its app ecosystem and lack of Instagram app will only further hurt Windows 10 Mobile, which is already considered to be a dead mobile operating system.
It is not immediately clear whether Microsoft pulled the plug on Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile or the change is coming directly from the app developers. The app was part of Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) where app developers use common code for their app across devices like mobile, desktop and tablet. Facebook is the only major developer supporting Microsoft’s UWP at this moment.
Windows 10 Mobile started as an ambitious effort to bind the mobile and desktop environments of Windows together. While Microsoft has managed to bring synergy between its mobile and desktop ecosystem unlike any other platform, it lacks support for apps which continue to serve as backbone for the dominant platforms like Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile ecosystem. In the past few years, Microsoft itself seems to be disengaged from the platform.
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Microsoft has not launched a new flagship product under Lumia brand running Windows 10 Mobile OS since the launch of Lumia 950 XL in 2015. While it continues to deliver preview builds as part of Insider experience, the feature set has not seen expansive improvement. Microsoft is yet to confirm that Windows 10 Mobile and its mobile ambitions are dead but this can be seen as an ubiquitous sign of demise of the tiled platform.