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Fishbowl LogoWe have covered the Scrapboy desktop client Scrapboy- Desktop Client for Facebook, Myspace & Orkut (Win) Scrapboy- Desktop Client for Facebook, Myspace & Orkut (Win) Read More and also seen 4 cool ways to login to Facebook 4 Cool Ways to Login to Facebook Without Going to the Site 4 Cool Ways to Login to Facebook Without Going to the Site Read More without going to the site. But if you use Windows, there’s nothing to beat Fishbowl – the best Facebook client for Windows I’ve seen so far.

Fishbowl is a clean, fast, and amazingly simple Facebook client that works on Windows XP/Vista/7 with the .NET Framework 3.5. It is an experimental demo project by Microsoft, available for free download here. It supports most of the common Facebook functionalities such as browsing feeds and photos, updating status, and uploading photos. On Windows 7, you get Jump Lists, taskbar previews, and multi-touch support as well.

Main Window: Status & News Feed

When you launch the Fishbowl Facebook client, it shows you your Facebook news feed. You can navigate between different views using the toolbar at the top. The number of notifications are shown on the toolbar itself in a red-circle.

facebook client windows

On the left are the familiar Friend Lists, and links to Photos, Pages, Notes, etc. You can zoom in and out of the view using the +/- buttons on the top right. Likes and Comments work just like in Facebook.


facebook desktop app

On the top left is a box where you can set your Facebook status. You can also attach links or photos to your status from here.

Browsing Friends

You can browse friends in multiple ways. Sort by display name, last name, their last status update, or upcoming birthdays.

Fishbowl Friends View

There is an interesting new element introduced by the Fishbowl Facebook client that is not in Facebook: “Interest Level”. You can adjust your interest level for your Facebook friends within Fishbowl, which you can then use while browsing your friends, their photos, etc.

Browsing & Uploading Photos

You will just love to browse photos in Fishbowl! Slick, snappy, and fast. Browse albums sorted by last updated, album title, name of your friend, or your Interest Level. You can save entire albums to disk in one click, or sit back and watch a full-screen slideshow of the album.

Fishbowl Photo Browsing

You can scroll through the photos in an album using the mouse scroll-wheel, zoom in and out of photos, and save or print photos.

For uploading photos, use drag and drop or browse and select. As you will discover, photo browsing and photo uploading are the coolest features of the application!

Mini Mode & Win 7 Goodies

You can use the Fishbowl Facebook client as a light-weight notifier of new items in your feed, or for new Facebook notifications. The “Mini Mode” brings up a transparent window that tucks away unobtrusively on the side. You can quickly jump to any specific status update or see your notifications as they come in.

Fishbowl MiniMode

Fishbowl takes advantage of Windows 7 features to provide nice little goodies. You can directly jump to specific sections like news feed, friends, photos, etc. from within the live thumbnail preview. Even when the program is not running, the Jump List provides the same functionality.

Fishbowl Thumnail Preview

Application Settings

By default, Fishbowl opens external links in the Facebook newsfeed within its own window, using Internet Explorer. If you wish to use a different, faster browser to display external web pages, you can specify that in Fishbowl settings, which are accessed from the gears icon on the main window toolbar.

Fishbowl Settings

Do you think the Fishbowl Facebook Windows client makes a nice desktop companion to Facebook? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. KevinGj
    December 17, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Fishbowl now has basic inbox notifications, who's online feature & ability to invoke Facebook chat.

  2. Svetoslav Sotirov
    December 12, 2009 at 10:12 am

    GUGGA released a cross platform desktop facebook application that is worth checking out.
    It supports using pen and touch check it out here:

  3. Joe
    December 1, 2009 at 9:06 am

    One thing I'd like to add outside of the chat is the ability to alter your information and profile picture. Outside of that, I love how the photo albums are displayed.

  4. Nick
    November 28, 2009 at 8:02 am

    This looks really cool, it's totally something that I would use maybe someday.

    The only thing I don't like is that there isn't any sort of Facebook chat. I think that is a downfall, at least for me but anyways it's really great start!

  5. sysadmin
    November 26, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    you know, i have been using facebook's website on my laptop in checkout my friends' update.. i should have knows there is such a thing as a facebook client... just like twitter huh

  6. raul
    November 25, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    not bad.
    but no video support!

  7. mike
    November 25, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    really nice, BUT,
    1) no chat support.
    2) no indication about online users
    3) mini mode useless. (i wish they would have chat support)

    on the other side
    1) i like the design. imho even better the facebook's original design.
    2) you can pin in to taskbar

    in the end i don't see the point really. now facebook isn't open in browser, but in another window. no win here.

    • stephen
      November 26, 2009 at 6:09 am

      hi, from whr did u download it

  8. Grant
    November 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    This really cool app! I'm using it now and I really like the user interface they made for it. Thanks Mahendra (for recommending this and for having me in one of the screenshots :) )

    • Grant
      November 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm

      *this is

  9. Tao Chen
    November 25, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Microfot did something nice!