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Microsoft had promised last month that Instagram would soon be coming to Windows Phone 8 and it’s finally delivered, with the social photo-sharing app now available for free download. And along with that, traffic update app Waze has also made it to the Windows Store.
Instagram for Windows Phone lacks a few features, specifically an in-app camera. It’s not that big a deal though. The app has a link to your phone’s built-in camera app; click a photo with that and you are transferred back to the Instagram app to apply a filter. So while it’s not an “all-in-one” solution, it gets the job done without much fuss.
There is one big missing feature though: videos. You can’t shoot videos and upload them later to Instagram, nor can you use the in-app link to do that. Instagram for Windows Phone 8 does not support videos at the time of writing, which is a major miss.
The rest of Instagram’s features stay intact, such as the full set of filters including XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and more. You can also like and comment as you always would, but there is no option to tag other users.
The app is still in beta, so the missing features should hopefully come soon. You can download it from the Windows Store. If this is your first foray with Instagram, here are some top tips for newbies.
Meanwhile, popular traffic update service Waze has also made it to Windows Phone 8 now. Waze is a social GPS for commutes, turning your device into a reporter of traffic and showing you updates about the traffic situation by using other phones running Waze.
“For example, you can both report accidents and hazards and see road problems on your route. Community-shared fuel prices make it easy to pinpoint the cheapest gas station. With Waze riding shotgun, it’s also fun and simple to meet up and coordinate with friends on the road,” Microsoft wrote in its blog.
Waze is available for free download from the Windows Store.