After Instagram finally allowed posting last year, Instagram continues to make changes to its desktop web app. The latest update introduces a redesigned UI that takes better advantage of large screens rather than looking like a larger version of the mobile app, TechCrunch has reported.
Instagram chief Adam Mosseri announced the update along with the new in-app scheduler unveiled yesterday. “We know a lot of people use the internet to multitask and we wanted to make sure Instagram was the best online experience possible,” he said in a video. “So it’s cleaner, faster and easier to use and it’s now designed to take advantage of widescreen monitors.”
As shown above, the Home, Search, Explore, Messages, and Notifications menus have moved to a new sidebar that can be collapsed into icons depending on screen size. Stories appear at the top, while your profile, suggestions, and more are on the right. When selecting a menu option, the left menu bar is preserved, making navigation faster and easier.
The new interface makes Instagram easier to use on the web, but there’s still no sign of a dedicated iPad app, like 9to5Mac notes. Earlier this year, Mosseri said iPad was “not big enough” to make a dedicated Instagram app a priority. Now at least you can use the web version to get a better experience.
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