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You Can Now Use Facebook Messenger on Desktop

Dave Parrack 02-04-2020

Facebook has launched a standalone Messenger app for PC and Mac. This means that you can now use Messenger on your desktop computer, as long as it’s running Windows or macOS. These desktop apps have arrived nine years after Messenger debuted.

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At its 2019 F8 conference, Facebook announced that a Messenger desktop app was in development. One year on, and with demand for messaging apps on the increase, the social network has now launched a Messenger app for Windows and macOS.

How to Use Facebook Messenger on Desktop

Facebook announced Messenger for desktop on About Facebook. Stan Chudnovsky, VP of Messenger, stated that Facebook is launching a desktop app so that “you can video chat on your computer and stay connected with friends and family all over the world.”

With the populations of lots of countries locked down to prevent the spread of COVID-19 this is more important than ever. And Chudnovsky said that there has been “a 100% increase in people using their desktop browser for audio and video calling on Messenger.”

The Messenger app for Windows and macOS brings everything across from the browser version. This includes group video calls (for up to eight people), notifications for new messages, support for Dark Mode and GIFs, and chats sync across mobile and desktop.

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COVID-19 Is Changing the Way We Communicate

While Facebook has clearly been planning to launch a Messenger desktop app for a while now, we suspect the current crisis—and the way it has changed how people are communicating—led Facebook to release it early. And without much of a fanfare.

Messenger isn’t the only option available to those keen to keep in touch with loved ones. And many people are choosing Zoom instead. If you’re new to Zoom, here’s how to use Zoom for online meetings How to Use Zoom for Online Meetings What is Zoom and how do you set up a Zoom meeting? Here's how to join Zoom meetings, host your own, and much more. Read More . And here’s a list of Zoom keyboard shortcuts The Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Desktop Use these keyboard shortcuts to boost your Zoom workflow on Windows and macOS. Read More .

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  1. phymeron
    April 13, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    This is just another waste of time on deceiving advertising. Vast majority already have these PC features.

  2. Lou
    April 3, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve been using Facebook messenger on windows 10 for a long time. It’s not new and this version looks just like the old version, if it is a new version at all.

    • Tiger
      April 4, 2020 at 1:03 am

      Ditto. It's not just MUO either. I have seen this bit of "news" mentioned 3 or 4 times on other sites. I thinf self isolation is ruining some minds.