SOCIAL & COMMUNICATION
Share the things you care about with friends and family, or even the world, with these handy apps.
Let Windows Phone and its great selection of messaging apps connect you to friends all over the globe! So long as you have access to the internet, whether via cellular connection (ask for a data plan from your mobile operator), or Wi-Fi. These great apps not only let you keep in touch with friends and family affordably, but some also immerse yourself in the wonder that is social media. Whether Twitter and Facebook, or WeChat, LINE and LinkedIn, there’s bound to be an app that’s right for you (and your best buddies).”
Now in version 5, the Facebook app for Windows Phone is now better than ever, with faster performance, an interface that’s closer to the desktop version everyone knows and loves. You can easily check in with friends’ updates, or share some of your own. Live tile integration makes it easy to quickly see at a glance any new notifications that come in, and even on your Start Screen too.
Keep in touch with groups of friends and family with WhatsApp, even if they’re using platforms other than Windows Phone. Easily send video clips and audio notes, as well as multiple pictures to one another. Especially handy is being able to add WhatsApp notifications to your lock screen, so you can easily see at a glance if any new messages are waiting for your attention.
Aside from the usual (tweet, read, follow) features, Twitter for Windows Phone makes good use of Live Tiles, showing the latest tweets from users you follow. You can pin friend feeds, lists and searches directly to the home screen as a Live Tile, making quick checks and searches so much easier.
Messaging apps are aplenty on Windows Phone, but none of them work quite like WeChat, with a walkie talkie mode that connects up to 40 friends together. Of course, you can also chat with other WeChat users on different smartphone platforms, as well as to make and receive both voice and video calls.
Now available as an app for Windows Phone, users can use LinkedIn to keep in touch with their professional counterparts, or hunt for opportunities on the go. You can view and save recommended jobs, view profiles (or see who’s viewed yours), and keep track of industry news.
Better late than never; Instagram is finally out for Windows Phone. Customize your photos with a great selection of filter effects, and share your photos onto the internet, thanks to integration with services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more. The app lets you use both front camera (selfies!) and the rear camera too.
Bring the now-familiar Skype experience from the desktop computer to your Windows Phone-powered smartphone. Logging in is easy: Use your Microsoft account. Just like the desktop app, you can call friends and family for free with Skype to Skype voice calls, while calls to land lines and mobile phones will cost a small fee.
Designed from the ground up with Windows Phone’s Metro UI system in mind, the LINE app brings fanciful messaging to everyone. Chat using the smartphone or desktop, as well as send both text and voice messages, photos and video. You can also download and share free stickers obtained via the Sticker Shop.