According to a leak via Twitter by Alessandro Paluzzi, Instagram is internally testing a feature that would allow users to post content to Instagram via a regular browser. This means desktop users will be able to upload images and content directly from their computers, without the need to open a mobile browser, phone emulator, or transfer content to a smartphone.
Since its launch in 2010, Instagram has had a staunch mobile-only approach. The company intentionally prevented users from being able to upload content via their computers. The goal was to encourage people to post content created on mobile devices. However, over the years this has caused a lot of frustration amongst users who prefer using their desktop devices. Paluzzi shared images that showed a new upload window, users can drag and drop images in the window to post them on the app. Once the image is uploaded, users can zoom in, crop to standard Instagram square, landscape, or portrait sizes. Once cropped, users can edit and add filters to their images exactly as they do on the mobile version. In the final step, users can add the location, caption, alt text, and tag people. Paluzzi clarified that the feature was being tested internally and there was no clear timeline as to when it will be made available to general users. Instagram has not made any announcements or statements regarding the features or the leak.
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