Facebook Messenger launches on Windows Phone with all the bells and whistles

Facebook Messenger has been finally launched for Windows Phone 8 after nearly two years since it was first introduced for Android and iOS devices.

Microsoft announced during a keynote at the Mobile World Congress 2014 that Facebook would be launching the Messenger app in the coming weeks and now the app has indeed landed on the Windows Phone app store well within that time.

Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone has all the features that are included in the Android and iOS versions of the app such as stickers, group conversations, location sharing, message delivery confirmation, online status of contacts, synchronized chat history and ability to turn off or mute notifications.

It was recently reported that Facebook would discontinue the desktop Messaging client for Windows and focus on mobile applications such as the one for Windows Phone and the recently acquired WhatsApp.

Facebook users with a Windows Phone 8 smartphone, who have been waiting for the Facebook Messenger can download the application from the Windows Phone Store here

Source: Windows Phone Store via LiveSide | Image via Windows Phone Store

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I'd understand if Facebook actually made the app, but Microsoft is the one making this. Microsoft was the one that was touting all the built in functionality of the hubs and messaging capabilities of WP 8 when it was first released. It would be nice if Microsoft would just update the built in stuff to WP, that to me is what makes it stand out, if I wanted an app for everything I would go to the OS options on the market.

the facebook app is made by ms, this app I believe which is facebook messenger is actually made and published by facebook, please get your facts correct.

Just installed it, i suppose group messaging is the only real feature gain for me being that Windows Phone natively supported chatting with facebook people.

I am just wondering how the facebook integration will look like later. I kind of like my people hub and messaging hub how it is right now and just expected facebook to integrate properly there and have Skype integrated. I don't want to rely on 2 different kind of messaging gui just to stay in contact with people.

And why does this app look so ugly with its white background and round avatars? since when do people like ugly and poor ports into windows phone?

Facebook Messenger integration into the 'messages hub' is being removed with WP 8. Microsoft are moving away form their 'Hub' metaphor it seems

Well it was not clear though but I guess that whatever they do it will not make me happy and it will be a step backwards and play right in the direction of all the other systems. because seeing this app here I might as well just use android or ios. there is no difference in the facebook messaging in the other systems. looking just as ugly as on my wp

DomZ, They are just making it pluggable. So the FB ap would in theory plug in to the hub. Something like how skype plugs in. They are actually making the whole SMS/messaging stuff pluggable. So you can actually have a third party app for SMS in WP 8.1 unlike now.

so will it support plugin in Skype Facebook and viber as well as sms into the messaging hub and I see just one conversation. because Skype does not plugin at all

I like it, much better than the chat function within the (Microsoft) made app. Hopefully that new WP8.1 app will be made by these devs as well. Although I'm not too happy with the decision to make it theme color only. I kind of like the diversification that Microsoft has introduced in their firstparty apps lately.

I thought that Facebook messenger was dead? Thats why they purchased WhatsApp. I am confused. Why would Facebook launch beleaguered Facebook Messenger on a platform with 3%?

Edited by derekaw, Mar 5 2014, 7:01am :

derekaw said,
I thought that Facebook messenger was dead? Thats why they purchased WhatsApp. I am confused. Why would they launch beleagured messenger on a platform with 3%?

3% USA, worldwide slightly more succesful. You do know there is more to the world than the USA?

In my country they're at 10% so any app that wants to connect people really has to take WP into consideration.

Its 3% overall. About 3% marketshare worldwide.
Where the marketshare is greater than 3% its where people are buying the low end dirt cheat 520. These people buy the 520 because its cheap, not because they want a Windows Phone. These people aspire to something better like the iPhone or an Android phone. The people buying the 520 don't buy into the Windows Phone ecosystem, they are just buying a phone to make and receive calls.

Edited by derekaw, Mar 5 2014, 7:05am :

derekaw said,
Its 3% overall. About 3% marketshare worldwide.
Where the marketshare is greater than 3% its where people are buying the low end dirt cheat 520. These people buy the 520 because its cheap, not because they want a Windows Phone. These people aspire to something better like the iPhone or an Android phone. The people buying the 520 don't buy into the Windows Phone ecosystem, they are just buying a phone to make and receive calls.

This is getting boring. The 520 is successful because most of people do NOT need an high end smartphone. They do NOT aspire to an iphone or android because all they need is phone calls, messages, emails, web browsing and not much else. The 520 does it all and it costs 100$ or less.

Facebook's goal is to allow as many users as possible to use their messaging service. What is wrong with offering Messenger to the third place mobile operating system that Microsoft is heavily pushing. WhatsApp will remain a separate service for the time being.

Critics say that the biggest problem of Windows Phone is the apps. So let the operating system grow and solve its problems. Everyone wins.

derekaw said,
Its 3% overall. About 3% marketshare worldwide.

You are talking percent not actual numbers.

Nokia sold 8 million Lumia's in Q3 2013. Platform is growing and developers starting to get more confident. Doesn't matter what the most popular phone is. There are fans of the Windows Phone ecosystem.

Percent. A standard industry measure. No, not numbers. If numbers were good then Microsoft would have announced numbers.
Yes, there are fans of windows phone everywhere but they are only at 3%, I get there are fans but with the fans they are still at 3%. 3% is with the fans.

Edited by derekaw, Mar 5 2014, 8:41am :

People just toss out numbers like it's nothing these days. Last stat for the US from Kantar showed WP with 5% market share in the US. The global number is around the 3.9% range. It's growing but it's growing slower than the whole smartphone market is growing, unit sales are still up from the year before and that's what you should really look at, percentages can be misleading.

George P said,
People just toss out numbers like it's nothing these days. Last stat for the US from Kantar showed WP with 5% market share in the US. The global number is around the 3.9% range. It's growing but it's growing slower than the whole smartphone market is growing, unit sales are still up from the year before and that's what you should really look at, percentages can be misleading.

Oh, yes, you are right. Windows Phone is going great and no one at MS needs to feel bad about approx 3% If Microsoft felt confident about sales numbers then they would have released sales numbers. No sales numbers. Just saying.

Edited by derekaw, Mar 5 2014, 9:17am :

derekaw said,

Oh, yes, you are right. Windows Phone is going great and no one at MS needs to feel bad about approx 3% If Microsoft felt confident about sales numbers then they would have released sales numbers. No sales numbers. Just saying.

Nokia releases sales numbers, and since they make the phones it's their job to do so. And besides all the typical market watchers who post sales numbers do it as well, IDC, Gartner and so on. Both have Nokia at 35million units for 2013, add in the HTC and Samsung models that are another 10% or so of the WP market and the total number is in the 40million area (I think I saw Gartner have it at 47million).

I don't know what more you need at this point to see that it's growing, more official apps coming to the platform and renewed support from OEMs with v8.1 should indicate that it's growing if you don't like the IDC and Gartner numbers.

George P said,

Nokia releases sales numbers, and since they make the phones it's their job to do so. And besides all the typical market watchers who post sales numbers do it as well, IDC, Gartner and so on. Both have Nokia at 35million units for 2013, add in the HTC and Samsung models that are another 10% or so of the WP market and the total number is in the 40million area (I think I saw Gartner have it at 47million).

I don't know what more you need at this point to see that it's growing, more official apps coming to the platform and renewed support from OEMs with v8.1 should indicate that it's growing if you don't like the IDC and Gartner numbers.

Sales numbers. I want official Microsoft and Nokia sales numbers.

derekaw said,
Its 3% overall. About 3% marketshare worldwide.
Where the marketshare is greater than 3% its where people are buying the low end dirt cheat 520. These people buy the 520 because its cheap, not because they want a Windows Phone. These people aspire to something better like the iPhone or an Android phone. The people buying the 520 don't buy into the Windows Phone ecosystem, they are just buying a phone to make and receive calls.

They could just stick to a low end laggy android based phone, Nokia Symbian or just purchase a cheap flip phone that can last them for days if your statement that all "those" people want are just phones that make/receive calls.

If you don't like the platform(obviously) then move on. WP's growth over the past couple of years has been increasing at a rate well enough to be noticed. As long as their trajectory continues upwards, which it appears to be, then they will continue to gain more and more traction and increase their market share. Their higher end devices will have more success as they gain the top 100 apps to equal Android and iOS. They are getting closer and closer and with Facebook releasing the Messenger App for WP that matches capabilities on all three platforms solidifies Windows Phone place in the Mobile Phone Space.

derekaw said,

Sales numbers. I want official Microsoft and Nokia sales numbers.


8.8 million in Q3 2013, 8.2 million in Q4 2013

http://www.results.nokia.com/r...ts/Nokia_results2013Q3e.pdf
http://www.results.nokia.com/r...ts/Nokia_results2013Q4e.pdf

Not stellar of course. But far better than previous years and just enough to get more developers onboard. I mean if you don't want devs to code for Windows Phone at 3% marketshare. What would you do instead to increase the marketshare if the main reason is the lack of apps?

derekaw said,

Sales numbers. I want official Microsoft and Nokia sales numbers.

Microsoft is never going to give away official sales figures. Even if they managed 300% growth (which would be VERY impressive) the absolute sales figures would still look small in comparison to Android and iOS. So releasing sales figures can only hurt the perception of Windows Phone by the general public.

Nevertheless we know Nokia's figures as well as estimates for the total WP market. These estimates are very close and thus acceptable. They demonstrate that WP is still growing faster than the total market. And this was without a flagship release or WP8.1. We'll have to wait and see but its obviously that WP is now more seriously being considered than ever before.

Grumphus said,

8.8 million in Q3 2013, 8.2 million in Q4 2013

http://www.results.nokia.com/r...ts/Nokia_results2013Q3e.pdf
http://www.results.nokia.com/r...ts/Nokia_results2013Q4e.pdf

Not stellar of course. But far better than previous years and just enough to get more developers onboard. I mean if you don't want devs to code for Windows Phone at 3% marketshare. What would you do instead to increase the marketshare if the main reason is the lack of apps?

Do I really need to point out the fallacy of comparing one quarter to the next?

derekaw said,

Oh, yes, you are right. Windows Phone is going great and no one at MS needs to feel bad about approx 3% If Microsoft felt confident about sales numbers then they would have released sales numbers. No sales numbers. Just saying.

Actually, it is ahead of where they expected.

3.9% seems so tiny until.people remember it was big enough with a smaller mart to sustain a company called Apple for nearly years.

Once a product exits, virtually any market share is gravy...

Geesh

Some people seem to be so painfully desperate to see WP fail. I don't see what the problem is, more competition is always good for us users. If you don't like WP, just ignore it and stick to whatever platform you love. I wonder why it irritates someone that FB decided to release Messenger for a platform he obviously doesn't like and doesn't use? Petty dog in the manger attitude.

wp was the fastest growing mobile platform for 2013, marketshare is a misleading number but in us its around 5%, Europe it is quite a bit higher around 10% in most major markets, it has over taken ios in quite a few markets, it is sitting in 2nd place in several markets, month to month it is outpacing both ios and android in growth, with the new update coming shortly in 8.1 that will add manyu features it will grow even more, hardware wise these phones are on par or above with android and ios, after the update software wise it will also be on par or above ios and android. Apps are also getting very much better and I would imagine by the end of 2014 there will no longer be any app gap.

who cares. windows phone isn't going away. get over it. for years the mac stuggled with less support and look at how things are now. if you think WP will just disappear, keep dreaming. It's great to see companies be more interested in servicing users, than pleasing moronic fanboys that want only android to be around.