Facebook launches Messenger app for desktop

Facebook Messenger now available for macOS and Windows

Facebook has launched its first standalone Messenger desktop app for macOS and Windows devices.

Facebook’s all-new desktop app gives users the look and feel of a native desktop app, while serving up all of the features you'd expect from Messenger including unlimited free video and group calls, GIF support and real-time notifications. It can also sync calls across multiple devices and comes equipped with a built-in dark mode.

“Now more than ever, people are using technology to stay in touch with the people they care about, even when physically apart,” said Stan Chudnovsky, VP of Messenger.

“Over the past month, we saw more than a 100% increase in people using their desktop browser for audio and video calling on Messenger. Now with apps for macOS and Windows, the best of Messenger is coming to desktop, including unlimited and free group video calls.” Chudnovsky continued.

“We're all looking for more ways to be together even while we're physically apart,” shared Mark Zuckerburg, CEO of Facebook, in a recent Facebook status. “Group video calls and messages on our apps have surged -- Messenger use on desktop has more than doubled in the last month. These new native apps will make the experience a lot better.”

Facebook’s announcement comes as the social networking conglomerate looks to compete with Google Hangouts and Zoom. While Zoom has experienced a surge in its user base in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the teleconference service has also faced a myriad of privacy issues

The launch of a standalone desktop app for Messenger has been a long time coming. Facebook hinted it had been working toward launching a desktop app for Messenger as early as 2016. Then, during Facebook’s 2019 F8, the company announced its users could expect a Facebook Messenger desktop app within the year. That time has finally come. 

For those ready to give the Facebook Messenger for desktop app a go, it is available to download for free from the Microsoft Store and the Mac App Store.

Featured Resources

Defeating ransomware with unified security from WatchGuard

How SMBs can defend against the onslaught of ransomware attacks

Free download

The IT expert’s guide to AI and content management

How artificial intelligence and machine learning could be critical to your business

Free download

The path to CX excellence

Four stages to thrive in the experience economy

Free download

Becoming an experience-based business

Your blueprint for a strong digital foundation

Free download

Recommended

Four traits of leaders at connected companies
Whitepaper

Four traits of leaders at connected companies

8 Sep 2021
Are you over-sharing online?
social media

Are you over-sharing online?

1 Sep 2021
FTC scolds Facebook for citing it in researcher ban
social media

FTC scolds Facebook for citing it in researcher ban

6 Aug 2021
Hootsuite acquires conversational AI startup Heyday
social media

Hootsuite acquires conversational AI startup Heyday

3 Aug 2021

Most Popular

Zoom: From pandemic upstart to hybrid work giant
video conferencing

Zoom: From pandemic upstart to hybrid work giant

14 Sep 2021
What are the pros and cons of AI?
machine learning

What are the pros and cons of AI?

8 Sep 2021
Google takes down map showing homes of 111,000 Guntrader customers
data breaches

Google takes down map showing homes of 111,000 Guntrader customers

2 Sep 2021