We reported yesterday that it is likely that Instagram for Windows Phone 8 is going to be released soon, as there’s evidence to suggest that the app has already been submitted for approval. The app is going to be released today, but it is missing a number of crucial features that are found on the apps for rival platforms. Unfortunately, Instagram is only being released for Windows Phone 8, users on legacy Windows Phone devices will not get the app. It is slated to go live around 2 p.m. ET.
Instagram for Windows Phone 8 will offer Live Tiles on the Start screen which will refresh periodically and display updated data, the app also has support for fast-resume. It is missing one particularly important feature though, the ability to take pictures within the app. Users won’t be able to capture images using Instagram prior to sharing, they’ll have to pick out images to share from the device’s gallery. Other missing features include video capture and upload as well as photo tagging. Instagram says that in order to get the app out as soon as possible, these features had to be sheleved. However, it confirms to Engadget that these features will be added to the app through future updates. How long that will end up taking is not known at this point in time.