Facebook Messenger for Windows desktop to stop working March 3

Facebook has decided to shut down its stand alone Messenger client for Windows desktop users. People who still use the app got a message from within the client on Wednesday, informing them that the company "can no longer support Facebook Messenger for Windows" and that it will stop working on Monday, March 3rd.

Facebook first launched its Messenger app in March 2012 as a way for Windows desktop users to chat with their friends without having to go to the Facebook.com website. In November, we reported that the download link for the Messenger app had been removed but we were informed by Facebook a few days later that was just a "glitch". It appears that "glitch" has now become permanent.

The company still offers Facebook Messenger apps for iOS and Android and a few days ago Microsoft announced plans to release a port for Windows Phone sometime in the very near future. However, it appears that Windows users will have to go to the Facebook.com website to chat with their friends from now on. We have contacted the company to see if they have any plans to offer a Modern UI-based Windows 8.1 Messenger client.

Update: A spokesperson for Facebook has gotten back in touch with us, saying that the decision to shut down the Messenger client for Windows was due to the fact that the company is "focused on building the best mobile messaging experience". The spokesperson also had "nothing to share at this time" on any plans for a Windows 8.1 Facebook Messenger app.

Thanks to Neowin reader Shaun Clarke for the tip!

Image via Shaun Clarke

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testman said,
Has to be said that it's become totally redundant on Windows 8/8.1 - with the Facebook app I get notifications even when it's closed, and I can pin it to the side if I really need it open.

This

Most people have moved to or are moving towards Windows 8.x and they already have a pretty decent Facebook app which has messaging functions built into it. I'm sure for some it was nice to have the standalone messenger app but it doesn't make much sense for them to keep both apps...

Anthony Tosie said,
Now if only Skype would integrate Facebook on its Metro apps...

that doesn't make much sense to want to poorly integrate multiple services from different companies into the same app.

each app should just do its own job, and do it right.

I completely disagree. It makes total sense to integrate with the largest social network in the world, especially when the Skype desktop app has already done this and especially since Facebook already uses Skype's video chatting services.

It's asinine to imply that it's going to somehow bog down either app when it's already been done with the desktop app and done well, and both services are clearly already integrated.

Were there ads inside that messenger application?

if not, I wonder why they published it in the first place. They obviously prefer that people use the web version filled with ads.

Well I used to get random popups to facebook.com and learned that the app was adding random tracking cookies to browser. Since I uninstalled this app my computer is much faster. There are no ads on facebook messenger for android and the windows 8 app. I hope it stays this way.

I'm guessing this is because Facebook already has a Facebook app for Windows that has messenger support built in. There's no need to support the legacy desktop app now. They also may be working on a Messenger app.

Thanks for this...

"We have contacted the company to see if they have any plans to offer a Modern UI-based Windows 8.1 Messenger client."

Please update when you get an answer as I'm very interested in this! Although with this news, I somehow doubt it.

I was gonna say, they also killed off silently messenger for Firefox. )-: Guess that's another reason I hate Facebook. But try convincing people to use alternatives...

"we can no longer support" means "we can't shove you any ads by this way, so no moniez for us"

And probably next move will be turning off XMPP support if not now.

You might want to say that Windows, Linux and Mac users have to go to Facebook webpage to chat. It affects all desktop users.

Pretty annoying for W7 users like me - having to have a browser window open is a pain. But it was pretty behind compared to the mobile apps.

A spokesperson for Facebook has gotten back in touch with us, saying that the decision to shut down the Messenger client for Windows was due to the fact that the company is "focused on building the best mobile messaging experience".

IMO, the best mobile messaging experience is one that I can use on my desktop if needed. Facebook Messenger was the best specifically for that reason. I can still use the web site, but that is a little less inconspicuous than the app was (at work).

I'm with you Shadrack.
It seems companies are much more concerned with mobile users than they are desktop users these days which sucks.
I found it far more convenient to use Facebook Messenger rather than chatting in the Facebook website, especially if you're multitasking and aren't spending your entire time actively looking at the Facebook website.
With Facebook Messenger I could be in another application and get notified when I got a new message (as well as other Facebook events) and after a quick Alt+Tab I could read and reply. To switch to my browser, find the right tab and then have a chat in a tiny corner of the screen is hardly convenient.
I'll be looking at 3rd party Facebook Chat applications now.

I wrote this thread: Facebook Messenger for Windows Shut down? on the forum a few days ago. Finally I found this answer too. I will put facebook on yahoo messenger or skype soon.

Any suggestions for other Windows clients that support FB chat? Having the browser open is a PITA and using the Windows 8 app isn't ideal either...

I myself recently tried Trillian.
It's not the same, but it's far better than nothing!
Main limitation is that you won't see any messages that were sent/received outside of Trillian (would apply to any 3rd party service), so if you start a conversation on a mobile device with the official app, then move to Trillian on the desktop, you won't see your prior messages so it's not as seamless as it was. And you'll also have to click links to see stickers which is frustrating. But as I said, better than nothing. And Trillian works with HTTP proxies which Facebook Messenger never liked (good for work ).

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