Facebook for Windows Phone 1.5 is out

Facebook for Windows Phone 1.5 is out

Summary: Microsoft has released Facebook for Windows Phone 1.5. You can grab it now from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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Microsoft has quietly released Facebook for Windows Phone 1.5. There doesn't appear to be too much changed, though the new app is reportedly slightly faster and slicker to use (moving between screens and scrolling is much smoother).

If you've got the Windows Phone Marketplace live tile pinned to your start screen, you should have already gotten a notice that an update is available. You can download the new version from this link: Facebook for Windows Phone.

It does not appear that the new version has anything too exciting, not even Push notifications or Facebook chat. The auto refresh setting has been renamed to "Cache expiration" and the notifications listing has a noticeably smaller type, although you can now touch the whole notification to go to the related post (rather than having to touch a small part of the notification update).

I personally do not own a Windows phone so the above observations are just what I've heard from friends and colleagues. I have contacted Microsoft for an official changelog and I'll update this post if a spokesperson decides to reply with something tangible.

"Facebook for Windows Phone 1.5 available now," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. "The 1.5 release includes a lot of fixes to known issues and significant performance improvements. There is no net new features in 1.5; we are working on those still and will share our plans for new features once we have enough feedback on this release. Thanks for your patience!"

Topics: Social Enterprise, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

Emil Protalinski

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  • RE: Facebook for Windows Phone 1.5 is out

    I thought I saw a WP7 in the wild (finally) from a distance. upon further inspection, it was an Android phone playing tic-tac-toe with color tiles. :(
    Return_of_the_jedi
    • RE: Facebook for Windows Phone 1.5 is out

      @Return_of_the_jedi

      You might not see one in the wild until everyone stops freakin criticizing the damn thing! Who wants to buy something that most others say don't buy???
      It's a lot better than you bloggers and critics make it out to be. At least it has a Netflix app, can't do that on android. And this fall we will have THE BEST mobile browser and that is IE9.
      Plus the taskmanager will be a plus.
      I wonder what they will criticize next, I'm sure it's something. No matter how good it gets, they will say it sucks.
      Well at least IDC disagrees.
      mikroland
  • RE: Facebook for Windows Phone 1.5 is out

    I have it installed here and I can confirm that the app pivoting performance is improved.
    edit: scrolling improved too ;)
    jarrichvdv
  • WM 6.5?

    Is this only for WP7? Maybe you didn't know, but Windows Mobile has been around for almost 10 years and there are other versions.
    lippidp
  • RE: Facebook for Windows Phone 1.5 is out

    Nothing very different.
    They moved all (or most) of the network communications off the UI thread, so it's much responsive.

    Shake to refresh is gone. (no much use, but I liked it)
    Animation when you go out of a picture page is updated. Used to be just the standard 3D rotate animation. But now it got another streachy skewy animation added.

    I don't see anything else has changed.
    I didn't get the "update available" notiification from marketplace, I visit the app's page when I see this article.
    Madushan Siriwardena
  • RE: Facebook for Windows Phone 1.5 is out

    The news feed no longer has the annoying "Top News" - now it defaults to the "Most Recent" like some of us (all of us?) prefer anyway. Prior version started the news feed in "Top News" like facebook.com does which was a waste of time because you'd then have to switch to the "Most Recent" and wait for it to reload in that view.
    sderickson