Facebook unveils dedicated web version for Messenger

Facebook has unveiled a dedicated website, bringing its standalone messaging tool Messenger to the web.


Facebook has unveiled a dedicated website, bringing its standalone messaging tool Messenger to the web. At the moment, the site is only available in English and will launch with other languages in the coming weeks. With this new platform, Facebook users have a dedicated web page to chat to with their friends, make video calls, send files and voice messages.

Unlike Facebook-owned WhatsApp, users do not need to download the messenger app onto their phone. According to a report by Re/code, the roll out of Messenger.com will keep messaging as the prime focus, and enable Facebook to build more features into the messaging app, such as peer-to-peer payments and a new developer platform which will allow outside parties to build features for Messenger.

As of now, the company has no plans to remove the chat service from its core website Facebook.com.

However, OS X users will have to use a third party app - Messenger for Mac - which will offer the new dedicated web version of Messenger onto the Mac desktop. According to TechCrunch, this is not an official app from Facebook but is a "free and open-source project created by fans of Messenger." The report also points out that the dedicated Facebook Messenger is not perfect and was built in a span of just three hours.


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