Facebook testing Messenger and Ticker client for Windows

Today, Facebook has started allowing a small group of users to download a new piece of software; Facebook Messenger for Windows. The product appears to be similar to their offering for mobile devices, and features the same branding, but also features the ticker and desktop notifications for activity on the social network.

A help center article shows off the new messenger, and features screenshots of the product in action as well as a few frequently asked questions. There's no public download as of yet, and you're only able to use the product if you've been offered it through a home page prompt that looks something like this;

The ticker wasn't exactly popular amongst users, but Facebook is pushing ahead with the assumption that they will come to accept it, and has integrated it into this product as well, giving users the opportunity to glance at the ticker without even visiting the site. We assume this is to increase engagement, as many users are likely to leave the messenger client logged into their PC's all day. 

We can't wait to get our hands on this to give it a whirl, anything that makes social networking easier is welcomed, especially if it's set and forget.

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htcz said,
This already exists on Android, as noted.

It is also baked into the OS in Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, so what is your point? This is a Windows computer application, why even compare it to Android?

chadlachlanross said,

It's available now. The program is called 'Trillian' though. =)

I already have trillian pro, however, I would like to test an application built by facebook that is made for facebook like things.

I've been using a bit of software that I gather is becoming increasingly popular amongst the kids these days. It's called a 'Web Browser'. It allows me to chat and interact with 'Facebook' as much or as little as I want. I has a raft of features that I suspect this little app doesn't have, and indeed I have found it to be compatible with many other 'websites' as well.

Slugsie said,
I've been using a bit of software that I gather is becoming increasingly popular amongst the kids these days. It's called a 'Web Browser'. It allows me to chat and interact with 'Facebook' as much or as little as I want. I has a raft of features that I suspect this little app doesn't have, and indeed I have found it to be compatible with many other 'websites' as well.

looool

Slugsie said,
I've been using a bit of software that I gather is becoming increasingly popular amongst the kids these days. It's called a 'Web Browser'. It allows me to chat and interact with 'Facebook' as much or as little as I want. I has a raft of features that I suspect this little app doesn't have, and indeed I have found it to be compatible with many other 'websites' as well.

You're my best friend now :b

I love the ticker ... takes up NO room that was being used before ... and shows a realtime feed. How on earth can people complain about it? I hope these desktop clients come to MacOS

"The ticker wasn't exactly popular amongst users." Everyone I've chatted to now loves it, even those who apparently hated it when it was first released. I believe this statement from the article is outdated, although because I haven't conducted a study, I can't be sure of that.

I want this mostly because, as an app built by facebook, it won't have connection issues every other day because their developers changed their minds on the protocol again.

A new "client"

Yes - yet another application to be installed...

You are aware that Facebook Chat can be integrated into any application that supports the Jabber Protocol?

So how many multi-IM products already do this? Without installing additional software?

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