Facebook launches Messenger desktop app for Windows and macOS

Yolanda Curtis
April 4, 2020

Facebook notes that there's been a 100-percent increase in people using Facebook Messenger for voice and video calls over the past month... which isn't surprising at a time when millions of people around the world are staying at home to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facebook on Thursday rolled out the desktop version of its Messenger app for Apple's Mac and Microsoft's Windows to make video chats available on computer screens for Facebook users.

You can download Facebook Messenger for macOS from the Mac App Store, and for Windows from the Microsoft Store.

However, video chat platforms like Zoom and Houseparty have faced criticism over privacy concerns. There are a plethora of options when it comes to online communication, but Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular.

The launch of a dedicated app for Facebook Messenger is significant.

At this point, you'll be taken back to the desktop app, where you might have to wait a few seconds for your conversations and all the data within them to load up as it downloads it all.

You can send photos and videos to keep in touch with friends and family, and with desktop versions, you can even type faster and get the most benefits from the platform. This requires video chat and Facebook Messenger has that feature. You can turn on or off notifications. You can also adjust the theme of the app to enable dark mode, and change the default skin tone of your emoji.

Multitasking. Your chats are easily accessible, and you can pop in and out of the app while doing other things on your computer. Taking part in group calls and video conferences is possible, too. Given that Facebook is keen to highlight how users can move seamlessly between desktop and mobile, this lack of consistency may prove a little frustrating.

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