The social networking giant, Facebook, has now officially introduced Facebook Messenger for Windows.The Facebook Messenger for mobile devices has been around for a long time now, but there’s a Windows version of the messenger that has been in development for a while. Initially, there were rumours and then, there was an early development build released to the public. Now however, a final release is ready and it’s available for download.The messenger lets you use Facebook without being on www.facebook.com. However, missing elements from the app are video chat (through Skype) and group chat, which are there inside its web interface.
So, what does this application require to keep you updated? First and foremost, you must be logged into Facebook. After you click on the blue “Log In” button pictured above, you will redirected to the facebook.com/desktop/login webpage where Facebook explains that Messenger for Windows requires you stay logged in so that it can deliver chat and notification messages to your desktop. This means you will stay logged into Facebook even after you close your browser. To log out of Facebook, you’ll need to actually do so from Facebook Messenger for Windows.
In addition to being a standalone application, Facebook Messenger for Windows can be snapped to the side of the screen; that’s probably why it only works for Windows 7. Facebook has hinted at a few upcoming features for the Windows flavor already: chatting with multiple friends, video calling, limiting chat availability, and editing settings.
If you use Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac or another operating system, you won’t be able to install the app at this time, reported Facebok on its page, adding “we’re working on making the app available for more operating systems.”
According to Facebook, it is currently working on a version of this app for Windows Vista. The app does not do not currently support Windows XP.
Reportedly, a Mac version is on the way, but the company has not said anything as to when that version will be out.
Earlier, Facebook introduced the Android and iOS-based mobile Messenger app last August.