Photo App Loses Flickr & Facebook Integration In Windows 8.1

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Microsoft has removed the Facebook and Flickr integration from the Photo app in Windows 8.1 along with support for photos on network storage.  One of the key features in Windows Phone has been the tight social integration with the ability to pull photos from many services within the photo app. It seems Microsoft is moving in the other direction with Windows 8.1.

A spokesperson for Microsoft, speaking in the Microsoft community forums said:

In Windows 8, we wanted to provide a way for folks to view their photos on other services knowing there would be few (if any) apps in the store at launch that would do so.  Now there are many apps in the store that offer ways to view photos on other services and soon there will even be a Facebook app from Facebook.  We’re confident Facebook will offer great ways to view and engage socially with photos on Facebook.  We welcome Flickr to do the same.  In addition, the People app still offers the ability to socially engage with your friends and even your own photos.

The Flickr and Facebook app will be coming to be Windows Store by the official release of Windows 8.1.  It’s possible Microsoft had to make a compromise with the photo app to ensure more apps would come to Windows 8.1.  It is possible support for network storage photos will come back with the final release of Windows 8.1.  The comments over at the Microsoft community forums are understandably negative and angry with most users seeing this as a step backwards.

Source: Microsoft Community via: The Verge



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  • Liberal Republic

    One step forward two steps backward. I like hubs where information is aggregated more than individual apps.

  • http://www.mainstreetchatham.com/ JimmyFal

    So smart and so stupid, all at the same time. That’s my Microsoft. Whomever thought that this had anything to do with unifying the experience between the Phone and the OS, needs to get demoted. Do the Phone team ever get to speak to the Win 8 team? Do they know each other?

    • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

      It’s been pretty evident that these teams do not work together, which is why Microsoft is about to have a major re-org. Windows and Windows Phone teams will be combined.

  • skruis

    I thought the exact same thing. That was the best feature of the photos app! Why remove it?

  • Sean D.

    Yeah, I don’t like this…

  • counterblow

    they should provide the ability for apps to plug into their photo app.

  • RichFrantz

    Dumb move MS.

  • Emily the Strange

    I think this is good, I always thought it was silly to view (the usual) crappy Facebook photos, and while i dont have flickr, Im sure if an App is released by them soon, it will work better than what Microsoft was offering with photo app.

    also look how you can create folders and move photos around, edit photos, you can change the “open with” directly from app.
    now tell me, how are they going to support the same features to flickr and facebook? it wouldn’t have been possible! it was more a useless than a useful feature having other photo services inside the photo app.
    now Microsoft is moving forward and lets hope, this photo app get too many features like other photo editors like Fhotoroom. that would be cool. and well they don’t have to worry about flickr or facebook, and I can access my photos after clicking the tile so I don’t have to choose what service I want to display my pics from.
    so I think its all good and im happy about this.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

    This actually makes a lot of sense. Windows 8 does not use the same ‘Hubs’ idea as Windows Phone, where this tailoring of content make more sense. Windows 8 uses share contracts to allow app developers to integrate into the OS. If I want to upload a photo stored on Photobucket to a Facebook album, I simply launch Facebook (when the app is out), go to upload photos and choose Photobucket in the file picker and select the photos I want to upload. In fact, I don’t even have to stop there as I can then select SkyDrive and select additional photos and they will all be uploaded to Facebook from their various services all in one process.

    If I’m browsing photos in Photobucket and I want see one I want to share to tweet, I simply swipe out the ‘Share’ charm and tap Twitter.

    This makes sense and the benefit is we don’t have to wait for Microsoft to integrate these services themselves like on Windows Phone, which still only has the original SkyDrive and Facebook albums integration.

    • TheHumanOracle

      Makes no sense.
      Have you tried the 2 different versions.
      l mean, for MS to even drop their own SkyDrive support! C’mon !

      • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

        Two different versions of what? And none of this stuff is finalized yet.

  • PoohGQ

    As much as I don’t like it the feature being taken away, I don’t use it that much. But on Windows Phone it will be killer to remove this feature as it really is indispensable..

  • TheHumanOracle

    Update your title to also include SkyDrive in the dropped support!
    And you no longer get a nice local photo app wallpaper etc.
    With NO integration this is effectively now a Dead App.
    My beautiful 8.0 experience (10,000 photos) over network and SkyDrive us now a blank clunky black and grey screen.
    Way to progress MS.
    Give users a choice at least!
    (the 8.0 app also allowed the user to choose which services they could add).
    Stupid stupid move.
    Hopefully reversed in final release.

  • zakaweb

    I like having SkyDrive integration in my photo app. I hope they return this feature.

  • TheQEntity

    The photo app is totally useless now. Again someone at Microsoft is out of touch with reality. Okay for not having Facecrap or any of those “3rd party” integrations but to not integrate with their own SkyDrive is ridicolous.
    What is worse is that it doesn’t even pick up your library settings. It just shows a pre-defined folder on you C: drive. I have a small SSD as my C: drive. I do not store anything but Windows and most used apps on my C: drive.
    I certainly hope this is just some beta-crap that they shoved out the door for the preview.