With Windows 8 we might not have as many apps as competing platforms, but quality still seems to be pretty high on what we do have. That being said, the two biggest “missing” apps we seem to hear about are the lack of Twitter and Facebook. Recently Twitter made it clear that they have a native app in works, what about Facebook?
While Facebook and Microsoft have always seemed to get along quite well (in fact Microsoft owns 1.7% of the social network), it doesn’t seem that anything official is being announced at the moment. In fact, a Facebook PR person had this to say about a Facebook app for Windows 8:
“We only build the iOS and Android FB apps. You should check in with Microsoft on anything related to Windows 8”. Personally that seems like a strange comment considering there is a Facebook app for Windows Phone. [UPDATE: Microsoft actually makes that app from what I’m hearing, so maybe the same thing will happen with Windows 8?]
So what’s the story here?
Facebook is probably the #1 reason most folks use the Internet today and so having an app for Windows RT/8 seems like a no-brainer.
More than likely there are a few potential possibilities here:
1) Microsoft tends to expand the “People” app to cover everything that you can do with Facebook. Such features already exist, but arguably the People app could be better. Perhaps even Facebook is getting involved with the project?
2) Facebook is building an app and for whatever reason Microsoft and social network are keeping it quiet for now.
3) Facebook is reformatting its website to offer a “touch friendly” version for the IE10 Metro browser.
There is also the possibility that we just aren’t getting any better Facebook integration and support than what we have now, but somehow I doubt it.
What do you think is the reason why Microsoft and Facebook seem to be holding silent about the possibility of the social network getting its own official app?