Microsoft and Facebook Partnership? Still No Facebook app for Windows 8
Windows 8, the new flagship OS of Microsoft which was released in October last, has been proving to be a cash cow for the Redmond-based IT giant. Despite the low user satisfaction and lesser sales, Windows 8 which is optimized for the touch screen devices, has been re-imagined and has the state of the art interface technology by Microsoft, making it the most unique OS after Windows 95.
Thanks to the advanced technological development, Windows 8 runs the Metro aka Modern-UI apps from Windows Store. Despite the reports of 77,000+ apps by Metro Store Scanner (a third party website to count apps) in Windows 8 store, the thirst is felt for the official app for the Facebook, the most popular social sharing network.
With dozens of third party Facebook apps in Store, some are even nicer in both interface and features while others are, badly, optimized for touch screen devices but none of them is there like the official Facebook apps for Android, iOS or Windows Phone.
Facebook and Microsoft partnership
Interestingly, Microsoft and Facebook have entered into partnership to include Bing, the search engine by Microsoft, as the default search engine for Facebook. Rather everything related to search on Facebook is powered by Bing search from profile search to pages and groups.
Despite the rather strategic partnership about Bing, the social network Facebook hasn’t even bothered to make an official Facebook app for Windows Phone, the mobile OS by Microsoft. But, Microsoft has, cleverly, built an exclusive app for Windows Phone users with close similarity to official Facebook app.
Why not Windows 8 apps?
Handling the objections, Facebook has taken a stance that it is upto Microsoft to make such apps. On the other hand, Microsoft laid this liabilities upon the shoulders of Facebook developers for the Facebook app for Windows 8.
Can Microsoft Build its own app for Facebook?
Though it is much easier for the Redmond giant to develop Facebook app for the Windows 8 as has been done for the Windows Phone (since both, Windows Phone and Windows 8 share same core making it more easier to develop apps), the negligence is affecting the Windows 8 users.