Hurried Version of Instagram Arrives on Windows Phone, Sports Only Basic Functionality

Starting today, Windows Phone users can finally join in the fun that is Instagram, which at its core allows you to add filter effects and "transform everyday moments into works of art," or something like that. That's the good news. The bad news is that in an attempt to rush Instagram to the Windows Phone platform, certain features have been left off, at least for the time being.

"We wanted to make Instagram available to people with Windows Phones as quickly as possible, so we focused on creating an awesome experience with Instagram’s core features. We’re not finished, and our team will continue developing the Windows Phone app to keep releasing features and bringing you the best Instagram possible," Instagram stated in a blog post.

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Instagram on Windows Phone is in beta form at this time. It has the same filter effects you'll find on versions for iOS and Android. You can also access your feed and search for users and hashtags. However, the biggest feature that's missing at this time is the ability to record videos. Given the popularity of sharing short video clips, Instagram would be wise to fast track this feature to Windows Phone.

While on the topic of things you can't do, Instagram on Windows Phone doesn't yet allow the ability to tag people in photos or view maps from geotagged photos.

Still, this is a start, and it's nice to see Windows Phone fleshed out with apps that we may take for granted on other platforms.