Instagram has announced that it is launching a new features to its Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile app. The new features will be a server side activation and you will not receive any update to the app in Windows Store.

Below are the new features for Instagram:

  • Users can open links added by those who have created history. The ability to insert the link is currently available only for verified accounts, but will later be extended to all.
  • You mentioned a person by typing @ and the user name.
  • You can activate the Boomerang feature that snaps several photos: then will be merged to create a short video that will play automatically. 

    Boomerang

    Boomerang lets you turn everyday moments into something fun and unexpected. Now you can easily take a Boomerang right inside Instagram.

    Swipe right from your feed to open the stories camera. A new format picker under the record button lets you select “Boomerang” mode. Tap record and the camera will stitch together a burst of photos into a mini video that plays forward and backward. Then share it to your story.

Mentions

Share who you’re with or who you’re thinking of by mentioning them in your story.

Mentioning people in stories works the same as it does in captions and comments. When you add text to your story, type “@” followed by a username and select the person you’d like to mention. Their username will appear underlined in your story. And when someone taps the mention, they’ll see a pop-up that takes them to that profile.

You’ll receive a notification in Direct when you’re mentioned in someone else’s story. Just tap the preview to go straight to the story for as long as it’s live. If someone you don’t follow mentions you, you’ll see the notification in your message requests.

See More’ Links

Watching someone’s story and want to dig deeper? You may spot “See More” links at the bottom of some stories. This is a test that lets verified accounts add links so it’s easy to learn more. From discovering the latest music by Chance the Rapper (@chancetherapper) to learning about a new movie starring Dwayne Johnson (@therock) or reading a related article from Bustle (@bustle), tap “See More” or swipe up to view the link right inside the app.

The update is currently available for the Instagram app on all platforms iOS, Android and Windows 10. As this is a server side update you will not see any special app update in the store.

Do let us know if any of our users have been able to find the above features in the Instagram app for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.

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