Connect with us

News Report

Facebook takes on Zoom with new Messenger desktop app

WebSite Design  404-590-1763

Breaking News

Facebook takes on Zoom with new Messenger desktop app

By Stan Schroeder2020-04-02 14:01:16 UTC Facebook Messenger is breaking free with a new desktop app that can be used to video chat while stuck at home.  The company announced on Thursday that it’s releasing a standalone Messenger desktop app on macOS and Windows. Previously, it was only available as a separate app on mobile phones.…

Facebook takes on Zoom with new Messenger desktop app

By Stan Schroeder

Uploads%252fvideo uploaders%252fdistribution thumb%252fimage%252f94677%252f3e11ad61 9cb1 4322 9687 21ec8fd8cd15.png%252f930x520.png?signature=g8k2f7cevaroyxfn978f11dqcrc=&source=https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws

Facebook Messenger is breaking free with a new desktop app that can be used to video chat while stuck at home. 

The company announced on Thursday that it’s releasing a standalone Messenger desktop app on macOS and Windows. Previously, it was only available as a separate app on mobile phones.

Facebook takes on Zoom with new Messenger desktop app

Image: Facebook

Originally announced at Facebook’s F8 conference last year, the new app comes at a time when millions of people around the world are stuck at home due to the coronavirus outbreak. It brings some obvious (albeit minor) advantages, like having Messenger in a window of its own and not having to track your browser tabs. Facebook didn’t mention this in its press materials, but standalone apps are typically faster and more responsive than apps that run in your browser. 

Facebook takes on Zoom with new Messenger desktop app

Facebook’s list of features for the standalone Messenger app doesn’t differ much from the web-based Messenger experience. You still get free, unlimited group video calls, which sync across mobile and desktop platforms. Multitasking works, meaning you can do stuff in the background while chatting. It also supports GIFs and Dark Mode.

The news comes just a couple of weeks after Facebook completely overhauled its iOS Messenger app to make it faster and lighter. The timing is right, too, as videoconferencing apps such as Zoom, Skype and others race to offer the best experience for all the folks working at home. In my experience, Messenger is a solid video chat option in terms of call quality, though it is limited to only eight participants, which can be a deal-breaker for some users.  

Real Life. Real News. Real Voices

Help us tell more of the stories that matter

Become a founding member

Messenger is available today from the Mac App Store or the Microsoft Store. 

Subscribe to the newsletter news

We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe

300*250

Popular Articles

Latest News

To Top