Messenger apps for Windows and macOS are available globally from today, nearly a year after the social networking giant first announced plans to bring dedicated apps to the desktop.
The application is currently available on the Microsoft Store and Mac App Store which you can download and install it right away.
Facebook Messenger finally has its desktop application, making it easier to message and video call with friends, family, or group meetings. In the home away from the COVID-19 epidemic, video calls to relatives, friends or teleworkers are becoming more common than ever.
The app isn’t purely about video chats, of course. Those who use it as their primary messaging service can see notifications for new messages, with everything synchronized across all devices they use Messenger on.
In the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, Facebook reported a 70% surge in people participating in Messenger group video calls, while the amount of time spent on those group video calls doubled — and these numbers have been rising sharply.
The application is currently available on the Microsoft Store and Mac App Store, you can download and install it now. Instead of the relatively small smartphone screen, you can now make video calls on the larger screen of a laptop or desktop. Messenger on computers also has a dark mode.
Messenger apps for Windows and macOS have a simple and intuitive interface, similar to Telegram. Particularly, one side is a list of conversations and the other is a conversation, instead of tabs like Messenger on the web. The features are also kept the same.
“Now more than ever, people are using technology to stay in touch with the people they care about, even when physically apart,” wrote Messenger VP Stan Chudnovsky in a blog post. “Over the past month, we saw more than a 100% increase in people using their desktop browser for audio and video calling on Messenger.”
You can download the Facebook Messenger desktop application here: