Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone 8 is finally starting to look like a mobile operating system that can compete with iOS and Android. Nokia’s colorful and feature-packed Lumia 820 and 920 Windows Phone 8 smartphones only serve to cement that feeling with wireless charging and a PureView camera. But the platform really needs some killer apps to give it a boost, and it looks like one of the biggest is on the way: Instagram. According to The Verge’s anonymous sources, Facebook’s (FB) newly completed acquisition is headed to Windows Phone 8, retro-filters and all. It’s not exactly new news that Instagram is a social sharing juggernaut — it now has 100 million registered users who have collectively shared 5 billion photos. If there’s one app out of the 100,000 currently available on Windows Phone that could turn Microsoft’s woes around, it’s Instagram.

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Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. He first realized his love for technology when he burned through so many AA batteries on the original Game Boy that scraping battery acid off it became the norm.