Instagram's web version is being tested with the direct messages feature on desktop as well as mobile. Instagram web DM might finally arrive
Jane Manchun Wong, shared screenshots of the Instagram web DM feature being tested on desktop and mobile's web. Although, an Instagram spokesperson told The Verge that the feature isn’t being publicly tested.
Instagram's web experience has minimum features with just the ability to scroll through the feed, stories and notifications. Direct messages is an improvement to the overall web experience given there's not a lot you can do apart from viewing content. There's currently no option to upload photos or stories too (from web).
Instagram's Direct on Web will also be available on desktop pic.twitter.com/Y3iTIdDwKV— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) February 12, 2019
In another tweet, she also mentioned that Instagram remotely disabled access to Direct Messages on Web prototype.
Instagram has remotely disabled access to Direct on Web prototype— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) February 12, 2019
... but it's too late.
Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer, Facebook apparently plans to unify Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. There is not much information available on how direct messages on the web could help unifying these platforms but the step may be linked to this plan.