Winsta UWP (Instagram) hits last version for AU/1607 users..

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One month ago, Winsta UWP (Instagram) was announced as LTS - 'Long Term Support' at v2.8. In fact, it has since got a significant update to v2.9.3, as listed below. But that's it for Windows 10 Mobile phones running branch 1607 of the OS, i.e. Anniversary Update. For v3 and upwards, it's branches 1703 and 1709 only. Most AAWP readers will be one of these Windows 10 Mobile builds, but the line in the sand is still worth noting here. And hey, at least 'Mobile' is still supported, eh?

Here's the official changelog for v2.9.3, since we last featured Winsta UWP:

  • Added support for live tiles
  • Added support for Enabling/Disabling live tile and notifications
  • Added support for Two factor Authentication Enable / Disable
  • Added support for Disappearing photos and Videos in directs
  • Added support for shared hashtag message in direct
  • Added support for Video call events on direct
  • Added support for editing texts in stories by double tap
  • Added support for sharing stories to close friends
  • Added support for zooming for full screen image view
  • Added support for close friends management
  • Fixed loading child comments
  • Fixed stories shared to directs showing as post
  • Fixed Ram draining and loading infinite messages in directs
  • Fixed repeat posts in user tags tab in profile page
  • Fixed mobile video uploading
  • Fixed mentions text color on posts in Light theme
  • Fixed add collection issue in saved posts section
  • Minor UI and performance improvements
  • Added test Automatic Video trimming and Converting for single video uploading in feeds (60 seconds max)
  • Added Collections support
  • Fixed the reply of stories in stories
  • Fixed back navigation failures
  • Fixed a random issue in showing comments of posts without any caption

Phew! Some screenshots from this version in action:


In Winsta's Settings, note the 'Live tile for new posts' toggle... (right) Pin the app to your Start screen in the usual way...


It's pinned bottom right here and I've long pressed it to change its size and gone for 'double wide' - it cycles between recent new posts and their attached text. Very nice.


Note also the support for two factor authentication, here on the general Settings menu; (right) you can now save posts to collections of bookmarks. Here I'm making a new collection called 'Nature' and adding in my first item.


You'll find these collections again under a tab within the personal profile pane, as shown here, and you can then drill down to peruse images from each collection.

So yes, from this point on, Winsta UWP will hit v3 and will be compiled for Windows 10 15063 and beyond, i.e. branches 1703/1709. There are ways to get older Lumias up to this version, mind you!

Winsta UWP has a very active developer and there's an Insider user community here on Telegram. (Access the latter through Unigram UWP!) See you there?

As I stated before, Winsta UWP is still highly recommended. There's a lot to like about Winsta's speed and UI, it's a breath of fresh air - you can directly encourage the developer by buying Winsta, since it's a couple of quid in the Microsoft Store. Go on, if you want to see this updated further, buy the developer a cup of coffee in this way...

See also the official Instagram PWA, which works very well (apart from notifications) under Windows 10 Mobile.