Instagram announces new Instagram Stories, but will it be coming to Windows phones?

Arif Bacchus

Yesterday was a pretty big day for Microsoft because of the launch of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, but the same day also marked a new moment for the folks over at Instagram.  On Tuesday, the online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing, and social networking service introduced a new Instagram Stories feature.  As great as the feature may be, we are once again left wondering if the new Instagram feature will make its way to Windows Phone.

The feature, which  lets you share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile, was announced to be rolling out globally over the next few weeks, for iOS and Android. However, similar to when the overhaul of the Instagram app was announced, there was no initial mention if the new feature will be heading to Windows Phone.

Instagram Story on a Android device. (Photo from Instagram)
Instagram Story on a Android device. (Photo from Instagram)

Nonetheless, the Instagram Stories feature appears to be very similar to Snapchat (which also has yet to arrive on Windows Phone.) Overall, it involves taking a photo or video, marking the post up with drawing tools, posting it, viewing it in a slideshow format, and having it fade away from existence after 24 hours.  Users can then see these stories from a bar at the top of their feeds, and tell if something is new when a colorful ring appears on someone’s profile photo.  A user can even swipe up on his or her own photo to check on who has viewed the story, and tap on someone else’s photo to send them a private message.

Either way, the situation is all too familiar for Windows phone fans and users, given that it took some time for an official (and decent) Instagram app  to appear in the Windows Store.  So, what do you think of Instagram Story? Do you think this feature will be heading over to Windows Phone? Let us know your thoughts by dropping us a comment below.