Facebook Messenger for Windows, which has apparently been in the oven for some time, has leaked to the web earlier this week. Facebook’s way to deal with this crisis was to officially release the app for download without further delay.
, available for Windows 7 only at this time, is a way for you to stay connected to Facebook chat, updates and news ticker, without having to leave your browser open. To start, you will need to log into Facebook using the browser, and then allow Facebook to keep you logged in. This means you will stay logged into Facebook even when you close the browser. This is necessary for the app to continue giving you desktop notifications. If you want to log out, you’d need to do so from the app.
Facebook Messenger for Windows is currently no more than a carbon copy of your news ticker and chat sidebar, only you don’t have to have a browser open to view it. As it is, it’s apparent why Facebook was not ready to release Facebook Messenger officially. When I tried it, the app did not work very well, and the Log In button, while it did divert me to facebook.com, did not have much of an effect otherwise. In short, I was not really able to log into the app. This may be a localized problem, as the app does work on other computers.
If you’re curious and have been craving Facebook notification on your desktop, you can download the new app.