The official Facebook app on Windows Phone has often been described as hobbled or lacking in terms of features compared to the Android and iOS counterparts. However, Microsoft has just pushed a big updated for Facebook Beta on the platform, the beta app for Facebook that gets all the new features tested upon before getting pushed on to the official app. The update brings major UI changes along with several new added features. First things first, here’s the changelog:

  • Updated design
  • Improved performance
  • Video upload
  • Support for additional languages

Verison 5.3 brings a new News Feed banner on the top with a search button and a quick button to see who all are online. Five icons below the banner give quick access to News Feed, Friend Requests, Messages, Notifications and your profile. At the same time, a new bar at the bottom allows you to quickly add a photo, status or check-in. Also, users can now directly upload videos from the app, a feature that was recently added in WhatsApp on the platform. The app also feels quicker and smoother than before.

You can grab Facebook Beta from the Windows Phone Store for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 here.

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