Instagram improves Stories viewing experience on desktop.
Instagram has initially focused on offering all the functions in its iOS and Android applications, leaving its desktop web version as something rather testimonial and very basic over time. Although this led to the emergence of third-party solutions that helped to bring the functions that at that time were exclusive to mobile applications, with the risk that this also entailed in relying on such solutions.
For some time now, Instagram has been gradually bringing its desktop web version up to par with features that have been exclusive to mobile apps, putting them on par.
This philosophy has been reinforced with the arrival of pandemic, which has boosted the use of desktops, as well as also considering those professionals who prefer to work better with their desktops to manage their brands rather than their mobile devices.
Now comes a further step in the evolution of the Instagram desktop web version with minor visual improvements to the popular Stories feature. In this regard, the Stories feature will now open in Carousel mode, putting the current content in the foreground while showing in turn the preview of the following content. It also offers a preview of the previous content already displayed as a preview but darkened and placing the avatars of the corresponding authors prominently on them.
Reels remain the priority
As visual improvements to the Stories feature now reach the desktop web version, aesthetic touches that make it more attractive to use at a time when the pandemic situation makes people go out less, opting to work mostly through their desktop computers, and depending on the companies, also remotely.
For now, Instagram’s efforts are mostly focused on the continuous improvement of Reels, its rival to TikTok, for which it still has a long way to go to try as much as possible to place it at a similar level, as we recently commented based on the words of its main responsibilities.
It will be a matter of getting used to these changes.