Facebook readying improved Windows Phone software

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Facebook may not have a phone of its own (yet), but it continues to improve its mobile clients: On Tuesday, the company outlined updates coming soon for the Windows Phone version of Facebook. Saying that it is “close to release,” the refreshed software will add threaded messaging, tagging and more. Here’s the list of updates that Facebook users will see in Windows Phone when version 2.5 rolls out:

  • Threaded messaging — Full Facebook threaded messaging including group messaging, all in a beautiful Metro style design.
  • Tagging — Now you can tag friends and locations in your posts in the ‘with’ and ‘at’ format.
  • Delete posts and comments — Use the tap and hold context menu to delete posts and comments from your wall.
  • Active links in posts — Tap on links in posts to go directly to the content.
  • Updates to the photo comments and likes page — The photo comments and likes page has been updated to match the posts comments and likes page. You can see a hint of the image at the top of the page, pull down and you can see the whole thing.

Lastly, Facebook 2.5 will allow Windows Phone users to “like” comments. That’s nice, but one of the key additions for me is the deletion of posts or comments. Occasionally, I’ve accidentally hit the Post button before my entry is complete only to have to leave the client and hit Facebook on the web to delete the post; a frustrating experience.

Although Windows Phone sales greatly lag those of iOS and Android devices, I’m a little surprised that the Facebook client on Windows Phone doesn’t get more attention sooner. Microsoft’s mobile platform has deeper hooks into Facebook than rival operating systems. Adding a Facebook account to a Windows Phone device pulls in Facebook status updates into the native People hub, for one and the Photos section includes not only images taken with the handset’s camera, but Facebook albums as well.

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