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Instagram and Nokia have announced that an official app is due for Windows Phone

The day has finally arrived, folks. Instagram is officially heading to Windows Phone in the “coming weeks”. Announced this morning in Abu Dhabi during Nokia World 2013, the longtime thorn in the heel for Microsoft’s struggling platform has finally been pulled.

Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram had this to say of the announcement:

"Our ultimate goal is to bring Instagram to everyone who wants to use it…We're looking forward to watching the Windows Phone community use Instagram to capture and share beautiful moments in the coming weeks."

That is undoubtedly a big turnaround in the company who famously gave the cold shoulder to Microsoft, despite the platform’s recent heavy focus on imaging i.e. the Lumia 1020. Granted, Windows Phone users have had quite a few Instagram clients available to them, including the highly rated 6tag from developer Rudy Huyn. But nailing an official title, especially one as important as Instagram, gives the necessary validation to Redmond’s struggling platform.

6tag still appears to best the official app in terms of raw features, but in the end it is all about consumer choice and that companies recognize Windows Phone as a legitimate mobile platform. With an official Instagram app developed by Microsoft coming in the next few weeks, the Windows Phone community can finally move on to their next big challenge. Victory, is here.

Congratulations, to the Windows Phone community.



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Coolaaron88 says:

Hell has frozen over.

Ankmeyester says:

Might try it. but not leaving 6tag. Rudy supporter till the end!!

yosagojimbo says:

Agree, 6tag is a better featured app

Josh Harman says:

How can you say its a better app when you haven't even seen it?

MaXi32 says:

We already know because instagram is owned by Facebook and Facebook don't like Windows Phones.

JoRdaNeK says:

Right on brother

icstars989 says:

Actually that's false. Facebook has a better relationship with MS than it does Apple. Zuck stated he isn't involved with direct decisions of instagram management.

duk3togo says:

Because there is an official app on other platforms.

pauljr1985 says:

99% of wp users I meet do not even know what 6sec or 6tag are, they search for original instagram/Vine Apps (but many have Instagraph).
Rudy was nice, but c'mon, we have 100% FREE official apps here (no more fake filters, hashtag problems and password resets :)
Really apologize for him, but I'm really, really, really happy for WP :) !!!!

Cormango says:

Yeah, I'm sure the new apps will be nice. But seriously, I've never had an issue with 6tag or 6sec. They are beautifully designed applications and I'll continue using them.

MikeSo says:

Agree. I just hope Instagram being official doesn't drive out the excellent 6Tag and other offers from Windows app store.

tallgeese says:

Then they aren't TRUE WP users. If they were, they'd know about the lack of "must have apps" on this platform.

Developer prejudice is what I call it.

Salman Shah says:

Dude, when you search for Instragram on windows store, the first result you get is 6tag which has 32000+ reviews! where as Instagraph is in not even in the top 5 list and got only 788 reviews with avg star of 3.5 only. 
Wake up from your dream and know the fact.

bono5112 says:

How could you say that when the app hasn't been released yet.

iyae says:

except it doesnt have video filters; this is why I would use the official one.

taymur says:

I gave Rudy my money, but our pic shares are limited due to instagrams filtration, if that's out, yes I'll keep on using 6tag

rohanagarwal says:

^this..!! I feel exactly the same way..

kellaz says:

True dat!  Besides, we don't "really" need an official instagram app that much, now that 6tag really surpasses the the official app itself by standards in comparison with iOS or Android, it doesn't even come close.  Sure we still need the "instagram" platform to get in, but Rudy hit the home run with his 6tag app!!!  Well done Rudy!!! 

Robert Grant says:

Agreed, 6tag is phenomenal.

Anyone that uses windows needs to use 6tag because it is the new standard for instagram app. The only that the official will have is the name: official.

But hash tags don't work correctly so instagram is needed

Nekusta says:

Will stay with Rudy till the end \o/

fdruid says:

Yeah, I'll keep using 6tag, I like it.

BK-one says:

This more to lure in future windows phone buyers, not to convert 6tag users to instagram. And I also wonder if 6tag will get ads? This might be another reason for the official app. Instgram may losing ad money with 6tag not showing ads. Just a guess.

tallgeese says:

Agreed. Screw Instagram!

dcutting says:


Zugne says:

This times 925 =?

dcutting says:

Sorry, should have included 925 and 928 as well :-)

Lewis Wilson says:

What if 6tag IS the Instagram app in disguise. :)

In Limbo says:

Rudy for President!

backlashsid says:

Well then you better give Obama some C# lessons first !!

nblew says:

I completely agree. I got an iPhone a week ago (for development purposes for my job), and I'd say I would w prefer 6tag over the official instagram app

visnit14 says:

Hell not leaving 6tag for it.6tag defines windowsphone.

What are all those Apple-sponsored reviewers going to moan about now?? haha!!!

lubbalots says:

They'll have something up their balls.

lubbalots says:

6tag awesome but to the potential new customers, gotta have the official. You tell them what 6yag is and they'll never compute.

philharmonik says:

Exactly! I like 6tag, but we need official apps if we want WP to succeed.

incendy says:

lol, thank goodness!

rodneyej says:

Hell Yeah❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗

NIST says:

Shhhhh! Keep it down. I'm trying to sleep.

cchester93 says:

Damn though. i was expecting snapchat but didnt expect to see instagram here

fwaits says:

Rudy tweeted today about spending about 4 hours in developing a bare bones snapchat app already. haha  We'll see if he plans to push it forward like 6sec/6tag or not...

matthoms says:

What's Rudy's twitter account?

darais99 says:

People can finally shut up about instagram

Agent-P says:

That's the best part of seeing this news.

John20212 says:

+1, will not miss the instagram whiners one bit

Yep, and I can't wait to get my hands on the Phablets.

rodneyej says:

Yes, I can finally shut my trap.. Your welcome..

schlubadub says:

My welcome what?

schlubadub says:

You said "your welcome", not "you're welcome", and they don't mean the same thing.

rodneyej says:

Who gives a flying rats ass mister.. Lol❕❔❗❓❔❗❓

schlubadub says:

Who? Let's see... people who aren't illiterate, people who like to communicate effectively, people who pay attention to detail... the list goes on! :P Ö Ü ⇪ 

rodneyej says:

Oh, geeezzzzzz.

schlubadub says:

I came here to say that! I have absolutely no interest in Instagram, but I want it on WP so everyone will shut the hell up about it on every article.

lubbalots says:

It'll be just like Pandora. I had expected TENS of thousand of happy positive reviews! As of late, it sits at 5241 reviews. WTF! So it leads me to think, its not the app itself that's important. To many, its just having the official available that rattles their bones.

schlubadub says:

Well... you could say that 1% of people even bother to leave a review, so it could represent a much bigger number. Also, you don't see reviews from other markets, it was released for WP8 only, and it's not even available world-wide! I can't get it in Australia :S

simmomelb says:

What are you talking about, Pandora is in Australia, I've been using it since its launch.

schlubadub says:

Not Pandora itself, but the official app. Says "not available in your region" for me

tallgeese says:

I never cared, but if it brings in converts, so be it.

With that being said, SCREW Instagram!

KrankyKoder says:

No they wont. 
They'll whine because it's not available as a W8.1 app.
So just to get it out there, allow me to be the first....
  eeehh! When the hell are we gonna get Instagram on W8.1 app store? eehh!

MBaughan says:

Yeah, but what about VSCO cam...!?

VKStreetwear says:

I hope this happens I use their Lightroom presets and they are awesome

Sean D. says:

I bet 925 that it won't happen...

sip1995 says:

Oh Rudy Huyn you did all this job just for this ?

DreadVenom says:

No, imo i think its thanks to Rudy and all the other devs who made Instagram clients that showed instagram what wp can achieve. Well done guys.

wizll says:

^--this. 6tag will probably continue to lead the way with features that the official client will probably never have. Rudy has already done that in the latest version with built in collage, manual blurring, etc.

Nik Rolls says:

'Coming weeks' sounds surprisingly soon!

schlubadub says:

Yeah, fingers crossed for March 2014 :|

LMAO...i was thinking exactly the same thing! Hilarious.

jMawl says:

Technically isn't any week that hasn't arrived yet a "coming week"?

dcutting says:

Well, as long as AT&T isn't testing it they may actually release it in the coming weeks

HaibaneReki says:

screw them, I'm sticking with 6tag :)

Xaphoon148 says:

Me too, but going to download it all the same. Just to show it's a demand...

ryansstuff says:

Yey no more moaning!

Vistaus says:

Oh there will be. I predict the next moaning will be about how AT&T users will not get Lumia Black (Bittersweet Shimmer).

Nah... Verizon gets the shaft this time.  First TMO, then AT&T, and now Verizon.  Everyone gets a turn! 

Piro.Garay says:

That's the best news I've heard so far today. Of course its only 1:34am right now.

rodneyej says:

It would be sad if Armageddon happened today...

onry_fng says:

Never thought I'd see the day...

OMG, is all I can say right now!!!

bilzkh says:

Okay, now talk about Nokia Beamer, looks like a mirroring app for L1520

jjag520 says:

Are you happy now hipsters?! 

DiGzNY says:

10 years later, nice though.

neelagopi says:

I dont use instagram... but surely a good news for WP

ktl88 says:

Now we can shut those fandroids and ios mouths! Bring it on nokia!

Vistaus says:

Actually, people on iOS will not shut up. When Instagram for Android was released, hell broke loose on various parts of the internet because they were so sure that Fandroids were not hipster enough to take decent/classy pictures and they still complain to date. So how will they think of Windows Phone users now that the official app is coming?

I would have to say WP users are a new bread of Hipster...and I've seen some pretty amazing photos on don't count out the WP users. I've also seen some pretty bad pictures from iPhones...from Hipsters...the term isn't relative anymore grandmothers use Mom (and I love her) is neither hip or stirred.

donkhalil18 says:

Man that's fast!

Didn't 6tag kill this thread? :)

astroXP says:

Molly Wood is now pissed.

Coolaaron88 says:

Still waiting for Molly Wood to straight out deny its coming

lubbalots says:

How does she keep her job not having any tech literate background?

hethler says:

Because CNETs are iWh0res. LOL

onysi says:

RUDY HUYN. Your job helped instagram realize how big our community is. thank you for your service. Some of us will continue to use 6tag, but this news came because of devs like you who is putting us on the map. We are growing!!!

TechFreak1 says:

+2520. Exactly what I was gonna say, thanks to devs like Rudy who have made instagram open their eyes. However for most us tooo late instagram, we have 6tag and instance now :P which are way better. Having said that this will finally shut up people who actually use "you have no official instagram app" to bash Windows Phone... why people are so latched onto an app is beyond me, when especially there are clearly awesome third party alternatives.

wpn00b says:

@TechFreak1 +8X! I just started using 6tag because my gf wanted to start sharing pics on instagram and its pretty awesome. I still have no real interest, but a side by side comparison of her iPhone to my Windows Phone made it clear that 6tag > instagram at the moment.

Milk21 says:

Top post, agree completely.

damo579 says:

+N95 you are 100 percent correct. Instagram saw all of the uploads from 6tag and finally saw the light!!

karthikkini says:

Wow !! great news!! Thanks Nokia!!

coip says:

yeah, yeah, but when is Instagram coming? Oh, wait. Wow! Now everyone will shut up about it. That said, I highly doubt that the official Instagram app will be anywhere near as good as 6tag or even Instance.

okay, so what should we clamor for next? I say Jet Set Radio and Chu Chu Rocket.

Jf.Vigor says:

i like the way you think segafan

blackhawk556 says:

well microsoft is helping build the app and Rudy is helping Microsoft with a secret project. :)

Yakkob says:

No doubt they'll block 6tag when it gets released like they did with all the 3rd party Facebook apps

Flavio76 says:

There are a lot of Facebook apps

TechFreak1 says:

yup there are still hellova lot of facebook apps in the store lol.

hohohohanfan says:

late by a few months haha. 6tag has taken over :P

PeadarWagon says:

Oh thank god. But I wonder what people will complain about now.

Shay Legacy says:

Bittersweet Shimmer

TechFreak1 says:

Yeah, rollout early next year.. but that can be plugged as anyone can get the update 3 preview, which Greg Sullivan (director at windows phone) confirmed on Windows Weekly (episode 333, 17th of October) that is the final code albeit without the bug fixes and firmware updates the oems will apply ontop of it.

Never used, never will.

WPCrook says:

Hm, I'm the same. I have never used Instagram. Maybe I will in the future, but I just can't see myself ever using it at the moment. Still, it is great to see another official name coming to the Store!

AndyGriff says:

While this will stop the painfully ignorant "you can't use Instagram on Windows Phone" comments, the official app will be hard pushed to better 6tag.

DJCBS says:

Microsoft is the one developing the App? Well, I think we can be sure that Rudy's 6tag will still be a better App then.

Aww yeahh! I thought the same too! Why don't this stupid Mark's Facebook and Instagram develop an app on their own for WP? Although I am hopeful of receiving a Facebook app from Facebook soon sometime after the official Facebook for Windows 8.1 app (which needs an update desperately as for now). I really want the stickers and all and better chat experience on WP's FB app. :/

FINALLY! But 6tag still has several more features than the offical app even has! But it's great for personal choice and what people prefer!

Vistaus says:

Seeing that only gives me more and more the impression that I'll stay with 6Tag.

MilkyTee says:

Its really not. What's so particularly special about it? Theyre just going to copy, paste and dump the Droid UI onto the app

cuwe says:

Instagrammm ! Video support ? I'm afraid , it will limited like android . Only ICS and above will have the video function .

Devmer11 says:

Windows 8.1 App Hopefully :D

Vistaus says:

Fuck it, they can't beat 6Tag anymore. They're too late. Rudy, I'll keep supporting you!

Rick Smits says:

Awesome. Thanks for filling the gap when nothing was available Rudy and Daniel! About time instagram!

sip1995 says:

Yeah...Vine, Instagram, Temple Run 2

PipoDj says:

Now that is the biggest surprise

MilkyTee says:

Who needs this pathetically late arrival which has shunned the platform when you've got 6tag? Serious question...
Too little, too late, Rudy stole all your thunder and he ain't giving it back

Mristian says:

6tag will still have more features then the official app will. Who wants to bet Instagram won't utilize live tiles, camera tiles, quick-share, etc, etc.

Rick Smits says:

Its being developed by Microsoft so it will have every possible feature I'm guessing.

blackhawk556 says:

yeah just like the facebook app. LOL hahahahaha

fwaits says:

Well their YouTube app was top notch until Google cut it off...

Does anybody know if this is just for windows phone 8 or will they make instagram for wp7.x devices?

Piro.Garay says:

Don't get your hopes up Daddy's Big Dick...

Josh Harman says:

Tough decision... but unless the official app is really good, I'll stick with 6tag.

nbktonic says:

Win for the platform. Major WIN!

rohanagarwal says:

Much awaited moment. Not cuz i want to use the "official" instagram app but because i am sick of people lamenting about "no instagram" on WP8.

xmarklive says:

I don't have an iPhone but I think that pic looks like the iPhone camera app. Am I right ???

ShahdHamdan says:

I don't want an official one anymore, I'd rather use 6tag ~

rockstarzzz says:

Why is there no news about Vine App that was announced BEFORE Instagtam?

I'll stick with 6tag :)

Micah Dawson says:

I feel bad for rudy with all the work he did. What happens now to 6tag?

WilsonBlaze says:

I wouldn't feel bad for Rudy, his apps have a cult following and there are many of us that will continue to support him. I can see instagram as a backup to 6tag.....personally

jomarr says:

I have anInstagram account and I don't see the fuss but if this makes anyone happy and for other people holding back with jumping ship then HORRAAAYYY for Windows Phone!

ogracia says:

Great News but i will keep using 6Tag, but well it will be nice to upload videos too

KazMania says:

The big thanks is to Nokia and there care for their costumers. If it was to Microsoft, we will be waiting more years. They even forgot their own platform when they developed the remote desktop application.

Way to go Nokia .....

pattayo_ib says:

Great news! But there are always options right. Several options, you choose. :)

Oh good lord finally! This will stop the most asked question on the WPCentral comment section

Bailey199719 says:

Too little too late I'm afraid. 6tag

KKRLessey says:

Good morning presents!

FBirraque says:

I would like to know if Instagramwill be integraded with PEOPLE HUB and CONTACT informations?

erzhik says:

Windows Phone is now officially a 3rd ecosystem. Congrats guys.

Talk4Lig says:

Lol, I'm not even using instagram, but it's nice to see that it's finally coming to wp

WilsonBlaze says:

Nice for an official, but 6TAG FTW!

sumothong01 says:

Nice to have the "official" instagam app. But 6tag is a better instagram app then the "official" one on my wife's iPhone.

steppyhen says:

Instagram, Vine, Flipboard all coming to show their support of Windows Phone...
...Your move, Google.

Jnero20 says:

Being on the windows phone platform since nearly day 1 and hearing all the talk and rumors of when instagram will become available for the past 2 years and finally seeing it being officially announced is pretty surreal.

jassp87 says:

how about PATH??

ahlun Lee says:

People complaining about not getting a WP becuase lack of instagram.  Now instagram is coming, "those people" need to get a Lumia phone now; or I guess they will still find some other reasons to not get a WP.

erzhik says:

Starbucks app....

Prensescim says:

Finally getting Instagram is big! Brings legitimacy to WP8 for sure! This is welcomed news. However, I am forevermore linked to 6tag!! Long live the "Rudymeister"!!

WP95 says:

victory is ours! lets celebrate WP community!

Marko Maric says:

Sooo, will this be a Nokia exclusive or what? Hope these new aps are comming to all W. Phones.

erzhik says:

This is not just great for consumers. Its also a confidence step for future developers. High caliber app like Instagram usually attracts more developers by making the OS "legitimate". Yes, we can all agree that 6tag is million times better, but as se witnessed it can be disabled overnight.

rain620 says:

Fuck this, 6tag forever! I love Rudy Huyn (with no malice)!!!!

nickengineer says:

What's instagram?

What? Is it ddveloped by Microsoft? I mean not officially by Instagram.??
If true than, we will have pretty poor app like facebook for WP.!