Instagram may have its root on mobile platforms, but ever since Facebook got into the mix, its expansion on other platforms has stifled. An official client is rumored to be in development for Windows Phone, but no sign of it on Windows 8.

Enter third-party developers to the rescue!

Conveniently titled, Instagram Explorer is one of the best-looking and feature-rich Instagram clients available on the Windows Store. The app offers almost all essential features in a nicely designed packaged including feeds, profiles, recent images, likes, comments, search and favorites.

A quick look at the official description:

“Instagram Explorer is a simple and elegant client to browse Instagram photos and profiles. It has great integration with Windows 8 features such as Search, Share, Live Tiles, Snap View, etc.”

Users are still required to create an Instagram account using official clients on other platforms like iOS or Android. However those without an account are still offered the ability to browse public profiles.

The user interface of the app got a bit of a polish in the latest update, and it supports all versions of Windows 8, making it a great bet for use on Windows RT tablets as well as traditional desktop or notebook installations of the operating system.

Click here to check out Instagram Explorer on the Windows Store.

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