Instagram’s Threads web app is currently in development and will soon be available in the Microsoft Store for Windows 11 and Windows 10. According to an insider at Meta, the much-tooted Threads app will soon be available in the Windows 11 Microsoft Store. However, there is a catch: the web app is still in development.
In recent months, Instagram’s Threads app has been in the spotlight as the most accessible substitute for Twitter. Threads have been popular thus far in terms of downloads and buzz, but it lacks the functionality of Twitter and other text-based social media apps.
According to Instagram’s Head Adam Mosseri, the lack of hashtags, full-fledged search, and web support in the Threads app is something that could change in the near future. The CEO of Instagram has confirmed in a series of posts that the company is working on hashtag support, and that they also intend to upgrade the current Threads.net to include all the features you’d expect from a web app.
A Meta employee spoke on the condition of anonymity to confirm that Instagram would be porting Threads to the Windows 11 Microsoft Store. The company plans to complete the work on the web app/website before Threads is released in the Store.
To clarify, the Threads app for Windows 11 would be a web app, meaning threads.net would run in Microsoft Edge’s WebView, but with enhanced support for the taskbar, the notification center, and other features native to the operating system. Hence, the need for further web app development before submission to the Microsoft Store.
The Threads web app for Windows 11 will function similarly to the website but will have the look and feel of a native app. This is demonstrated by the Instagram app for Windows, which is a progressive web app (PWA) wrapping Instagram.com.
Last but not least, now that Threads is available in the Microsoft Store, you can post and interact with threads without even opening your phone.