Did Facebook quietly stop offering its Windows Messenger desktop app?

In March 2012, Facebook released a stand alone Messenger app for Windows desktop users. The first version supported Windows 7 but later updates added support for Windows XP and Vista. However, it's looking like Facebook might have quietly dropped support for the Windows desktop Messenger app.

A few days ago, Facebook updated its Messenger stand alone apps for iOS and Android with a new user interface as well as some other new features. However, the company also updated its official Messenger page as well this week but now it only offers download links to the iOS and Android stores, with no link available for the Windows desktop app.

Facebook still offers a Messenger for Windows help page but it only links to the revamped Messenger download site which, as we stated, now concentrates just on the revamped iOS and Android apps. We have emailed Facebook's PR reps to find out if the Windows Messenger app is no longer being supported or updated.

A month ago, Facebook launched its long awaited Windows 8.1 app, and it has since released several updates to that app adding a number of new features. It's possible that the company could also be working on a stand alone Messenger app for the Modern UI of Windows 8.1 as well.

Thanks to Neowin reader wotsit for the tip in the forums!

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I noticed that the desktop Facebook messenger was being highlighted weeks ago. There was a post on Stackexchange's Superuser website about not being able to download it. I don't see the need for a "desktop" client when they can introduce a semi-uniformed Windows Phone/Windows 8 application instead.

Rudy said,
Web apps hidden in natives app offer a poor user experience, the less we have the better it is

This works just fine for me.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

You can snap the new win8.1 app and make it small to have the exact same functionality.


It's not the same at all.

Obry said,
Doesn't Skype for desktop also support Facebook chat/voice as well?

Yeah but who wants that resource hog open 24/7?

Ok the FB Messenger app isn't much better.

Well there's the new facebook for Windows 8.1, I think i'm good. I think the desktop app was actually a chromium powered web app, it was nothing more then just a web page displayed inside of windows for the sidebar and chat.

link6155 said,
Well there's the new facebook for Windows 8.1, I think i'm good. I think the desktop app was actually a chromium powered web app, it was nothing more then just a web page displayed inside of windows for the sidebar and chat.
Nah, it used the Trident engine. But yes it was effectively a web app.

They just need to keep improving their Facebook app for Windows 8.1. All things will be coming in place eventually.

Yeah, I was looking for the app a while back. Had the installation file on one of my other desktops so was able to install using that. The app still works...

sanke1 said,
No worries. Just login to Facebook.com and chat away.

I don't want a full browser window open in order to chat.

This little program was lovely

King Mustard said,

I don't want a full browser window open in order to chat.

This little program was lovely

You can do this with the Facebook app for win 8.1. Snap it to right and make it really small. It will become the messenger app

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

You can do this with the Facebook app for win 8.1. Snap it to right and make it really small. It will become the messenger app


Agreed. I just wish it would default to the smallest size instead of 50%. I hate how it squeezes Desktop apps that don't automatically resize every time you snap something to the side. Then you have to go back and fix it each time.