Facebook released its mobile app for Windows Phone 8 back in December last year. This new app was a substantial update over the previous version and featured a new Metro based user interface. Some four months later, Facebook now has a new beta app for Windows Phone 8 which touts major UI overhaul as the app moves away from under Metro’s shadow. Apart from the redesign, the beta app offers a host of new features such as Timeline, support for post sharing and high resolution photos.
Since Facebook for Windows Phone 8 design is no longer influenced by the Metro style, the user interface is now at par with what you’d expect on the social network’s mobile apps for iOS and Android. Swiping to the right will reveal the navigation bar, and doing that gesture towards the left when at the news feed will reveal chat interface. Microsoft is now looking for “eagle-eyed” volunteers who are willing to test drive this new Facebook for Windows Phone 8 app and report any bugs they find. Despite the fact that this beta app is available for download, the existing Facebook app is still available. Store search results won’t show the beta app, it has to be downloaded via this direct link.