Instagram has mostly kept away from adding any real features to the web or desktop platform over the years. The Facebook-owned app clearly wants everyone to just keep using their mobile app. But things are about to change, or at least that is what it looks like. Instagram has now released its Progressive Web App (PWA) on the Microsoft Store with enhancements. A PWA is not an actual desktop app, but it feels like a native Windows 10 app.
The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app’s PWA is now available as an update on the Microsoft Store (version 22.214.171.124) on the Instagram app for Windows 10. The app adds support for direct messages, a feature that is missing on the web. Desktop has been around for a while now, even though the company is testing the direct messaging service on the web.
Instagram app users on Windows 10 will be able to send and receive messages directly on their desktop. PWA also indicates that new Instagram features may arrive on the desktop sooner rather than later. The update also promises to make Instagram more stable on the desktop.
With direct messaging coming to the desktop, we are probably very close to getting the feature on the web as well. Earlier this month, Instagram added a new feature, which allows users to respond to their friends’ stories using GIFs from Giphy.
Instagram also removed its IGTV button from Android and iOS apps. In May last year, Instagram killed its standalone messaging app named Direct, which allowed its users to send messages directly with a more camera-centric approach.