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Old 03-02-2010, 04:39 AM
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Default Zune HD Facebook App is Out: Download Now!

<p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1267499486.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>After a long wait, the Zune HD app is finally available - good thing I opened my Twitter client tonight! You should see it in Marketplace &gt; Apps now, but if you don't, it will likely appear shortly. I downloaded it and decided to take it for a spin. After waiting 10 seconds for it to start - seriously Zune team, you've got to fix the awful app load time - I entered my Facebook log-on information using the shockingly impressive keyboard. I don't use my Zune HD for much Web browsing, so I haven't used the keyboard since it was first added, and they've definitely improved it since launch. After logging in, you'll be presented with your wall and most recent status update. You can pivot left or right and choose from photos, status updates, or news feed. Unfortunately, nothing loads for me. I waited several minutes, but none of those three feeds showed me any information. Not a great first experience.</p><p>I pivoted over to the profile tab, and this was more functional. It loaded my status update, and I could see my info and uploaded photos. More photos and impressions after the break. <MORE /></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1267499644.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p><em>Figure 2: The notifications work - you tab the icon at the bottom of the screen, and they pop up.</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1267499670.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p><em>Figure 3: Do I have an empty Inbox? No. The Zune HD Facebook client just doesn't load anything on Inbox, Sent Items, or Updates. The entire email tab was broken for me.</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1267499710.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p><em>Figure 4: Thankfully, photos work! I can see all my photo albums.</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1267499728.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p><em>Figure 5: Photos load nice and full-screen.</em></p><p>The basics of a solid Facebook client are all here - the user interface is really nice, and the application is fast and fluid. But until they fix the bugs and things like the status updates and news feed work, it's only good for looking at your own profile and photos. Apparently the Zune MVPs who attended the MVP Summit were given it to test; unfortunately I wasn't among them because I spent both days with the Windows phone MVPs. I'm surprised that Microsoft would release software with so many obvious bugs, but perhaps Facebook is having a bad night and the brokenness isn't Microsoft's fault. What's your experience like using the app?</p>
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:40 AM
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http://twitter.com/yegr/status/9863457411

"The Facebook app for Zune HD is experiencing some issues accessing data. We are investigating & will provide an update as soon as possible"

I'm curious as to what the problem is...
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:49 PM
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Fail.

Why would they roll this out when it doesn't work??? I was so anxious to load it up last night, and... nothing. Blank news feed, and errors when updating my status.

Just tried again today and still nothing on my News Feed, but at least I can update my status.

Sheesh. And they wonder why people keep ridiculing the Zune. I wonder if they had opened up the platform if an independent developer could have done better....
 
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:10 AM
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Should be back up and running: http://www.facebook.com/Zune?v=feed&...7558795&ref=mf

I wonder what the issue was that it only took a night (and didn't require a new version of the app).
 
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Old 03-04-2010, 08:47 AM
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Still broken for me as of tonight. Something weird is going on here.
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Old 03-04-2010, 08:58 AM
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Sheesh. And they wonder why people keep ridiculing the Zune. I wonder if they had opened up the platform if an independent developer could have done better....
To be fair to the Zune team, it seems like their app works fine, but there's something on the back end that went screwy...maybe it's Facebook's fault, who knows?
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Old 03-04-2010, 05:24 PM
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Yep, Facebook updated their backend after the testing was finished on the app, they got together and got it resolved, its orking fine now.
 
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Old 03-04-2010, 05:58 PM
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That sure looks much nicer than Facebook's app on Android, that's for sure.
 
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