Social photo sharing network Instagram now available on Windows Phone 8

Instagram, as well as Waze, the crowd-source traffic and navigation app, are downloadable on all Nokia Lumia devices in the UK from Thursday. Social photo sharing network Instagram is now available on the Windows Phone 8 platform. Microsoft has also released a whole host of figures which show that although the platform is a long way behind Apple and Android, it has been showing modest growth since the launch of Windows Phone .

The platform boasts 10 million app transactions each day, or 300 million a month, which is up from nine million per day in September and 6.66 million per day in June. 500 new Windows Phone applications are uploaded daily, according to Microsoft. According to TechCrunch, Windows Phone has so far seen three billion application downloads, which is still a long way off iOS’s more than 60 billion aggregate downloads. Since the release of Windows Phone 8 “monthly paid app revenue” has increased by 181 per cent, and in the past year app downloads have almost trebled. Microsoft launched its third update for the platform last month, including a bigger Start screen, a new customisable Driving Mode and better accessibility options.

In a blog post to announce the update, Darren Laybourn, manager of the Windows Phone engineering team, wrote: “It is been a busy but exciting year for my team and Windows Phone overall. If you follow the news, you might have seen that our market share in Europe has grown to nearly 10 percent. “Our hardware partners, meanwhile, have been taking advantage of this innovation and releasing amazing new Windows Phone devices throughout the year.” Instagram launched in 2010 and boasts more than 150 million users worldwide.

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