Microsoft is finally bringing the much awaited Facebook App for Windows 8. CEO Steve Ballmer announced the app at the company’s Build 2013 conference in San Francisco. The software confirmed that Facebook will develop its official application for its latest version of OS Windows 8.
Ballmer did not say when Facebook will actually appear in the store, though they will likely be in place for the Windows 8.1 launch later this year. Windows 8 will also gets Flipboard and NFL Fantasy Football apps along with the Facebook App, announced Ballmer. However, it is unclear why Microsoft took so long to offer a Facebook app on its devices despite having stakes in the social network.
The move, of course, is a big deal for Windows 8, which is slowly but surely building its app catalog. At this point, there are around 80,000 Windows 8 apps available for download in the Windows Store, and that number is growing quickly. Ballmer said he expects the store to pass the 100,000 app mark this month. Yesterday Microsoft officially took wraps of Windows 8.1. It also slashed Windows Phone developer registration fees.
I believe that its better late than never that Microsoft is bringing important apps to its platform. Also, I feel lack of high-profile apps like Facebook and Flipboars had affected its share in tablet which is currently dominated by Apple and Samsung.
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