If you’ve ever used Microsoft’s Facebook app for Windows Phone and tried to find out who clicked ‘like’ on one of your status updates or pictures, well, you can be forgiven for getting a little frustrated. The app shows the number of likes but doesn’t let you press to see everyone who clicked.

And don’t even try to set the privacy level when you post an update. The settings simply aren’t there.

Small things, perhaps, but they’re just a couple of the annoyances that have made the Windows Phone Facebook app quirky to use, to put it politely. But an update slated for release later today promises to address those issues and others, while introducing new design elements.

Here’s the list of “focus areas” for version 2.3 of the app.

• News feed performance improvements
• New panorama design.
• New profile design.
• Banner Images.
• Improved navigation.
• Pages
• Groups
• View “likes”
• Feed filters.
• Posting privacy.
• Bug fixing

At 6:40 a.m. Pacific, the update wasn’t yet available on the Windows Phone Marketplace in the U.S. Update, 10 a.m.: The new Version 2.3 is now live in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

More broadly, these are the types of improvements that Microsoft is going to need if it wants to be perceived as operating on a level playing field with Android and iPhone, let alone start taking market share.

Microsoft separately integrates basic Facebook functionality into Windows Phone’s People hub, with the ability to view updates and like or comment on friends’ posts.

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  • Guest

    Thank you Microsoft for this needed upgrade! As Steve Ballmer & Co. prepare to reap billions of dollars from their wise investment in Facebook, I’m very glad to see that Windows Phone customers continue to benefit from this partnership.

  • http://twitter.com/harsha_g11 Harsha Vardhan

    Ahhh, much need update..
    But tons of other stuff is missing in the App :(

  • Guest

    Yeah, embarrassing effort. Typical MS. They do a decent job on the OS but then can’t sustain that on the apps even while taking forever to release them.

  • Anonymous

    People Hub FTW!

  • Guest

    I rarely need the Facebook app.  Nearly all my Facebook intergration is done from the People Hub and Pictures Hub.  Once people realize that Facebook is deeply intergrated into Windows Phone, the less need there is for a separate app.

  • Parag

    Do we really need a Facebook app in windows phone… most
    of the things can be done via HUBs … MSFT should be adding features to HUB
    e.g. ability to tag people for check-in.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a rock solid plan to me dude. WOw.
    Total-Privacy dot US

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