Remember Nokia's announcement during the recent Nokia World that Instagram will finally hit Windows Phone as well? Well, not too long anymore, as it seems, and it will be available for your convenience (or your Twitter followers and Facebook friends annoyance). As TechCrunch reports, Instagram for Windows Phone will goes live today at at 11am Pacific Time. Even if partly owned by Microsoft, it took Instagram's mother company Facebook a little bit longer and according to TechCrunch, Nokia's very top execs, along with those from Microsoft, spent many months trying to convince Facebook and Instagram, and even offering cash up front and developer resources, to make the app happens.
While the app is yet not available, instagram.com/download/windows redirects to a Windows Phone Marketplace URL which seems to be legit. So it seems Instagram is ready to release it but is only waiting for Microsoft and/or Nokia to jointly release it.
UPDATE: Instagram for Windows Phone is now available (from the link bellow) and it's not exclusive to Nokia. However, as expected it requires Windows Phone 8. Interesting enough, it's called "Instagram Beta" which might explains two oddities: Instagram for Windows Phone isn't featuring its own camera user interface but tapping the camera button opens the standard camera app, and video uploads aren't supported. Other missing features include tag people in photos, view maps from geotagged photos or straighten photos; only rotating is supported. However, the filter seems to be the same known from Android and iOS. Again, this might be because it's still a Beta and the current version seems to be pretty much a Beta only.
Cheers ~ Arne