Windows Facebook Messenger app officially released

Facebook's Messenger client was first released for Windows users back in December, but that was an unofficial and leaked version of the app. Now, nearly three months after that leaked build broke out, Facebook has finally released the official version of its stand alone Facebook Messenger app. You can download the app from Facebook's web site now. This app is just for Windows 7 only although support for other versions is coming in the future.

The app allows its Windows-based users to chat with their Facebook friends without having to go to the Facebook web page itself. It also allows users to see their latest Facebook friend requests, be notified if there is any friend activity such as a comment or a new friend approval or if they have been tagged in a photo. Otherwise, the app is a pretty bare bones affair in terms of features. There's no support for voice or video chat, which is a bit odd since Facebook has a partnership with Skype.

For those of you on a Mac desktop or laptop, a version of Facebook Messenger is reportedly on its way to your platform as well, although Facebook has yet to confirm a release date.

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The thing I dislike most about the Facebook Messenger application is that you can only dock it to your main display. It would be much better if you had the option to dock it to a second or third display.

Yawn!!!! I have never liked Facebook chat alone or on the Facebook website. I will stick with having it combined with Windows Live Messenger. It is very clean and professional looking.

Loved it since I found it on FB. Was weird at the time, since I hadn't heard it being announced or anything. I find it better than all the other messengers too, in that's it's very minimal, does what I want (chat! -gasp-) and uses something most people have already.

If you want a full blown messaging suite, lemme stop ya now and say: this ain't it. And I honestly don't want it to be.

"For those of you on a Mac desktop or laptop, a version of Facebook Messenger is reportedly on its way to your platform as well, although Facebook has yet to confirm a release date."

Just more unnecessary clutter on my mac...
Facebook works pretty well with iChat without needing its own client...here's the settings if anyone needs them:

In iChat preferences, go to accounts then click on the + (plus) sign to add a new account, with these settings:
•Account Type is Jabber Account
•Account name is (your_username)@chat.facebook.com, and enter your password
•Click the drop-down arrow to reveal Server options. Enter chat.facebook.com as the server name.
•Enter 5222 as the port and click Done.

styxrtp said,
"For those of you on a Mac desktop or laptop, a version of Facebook Messenger is reportedly on its way to your platform as well, although Facebook has yet to confirm a release date."

Just more unnecessary clutter on my mac...
Facebook works pretty well with iChat without needing its own client...here's the settings if anyone needs them:

In iChat preferences, go to accounts then click on the + (plus) sign to add a new account, with these settings:
•Account Type is Jabber Account
•Account name is (your_username)@chat.facebook.com, and enter your password
•Click the drop-down arrow to reveal Server options. Enter chat.facebook.com as the server name.
•Enter 5222 as the port and click Done.

I have to agree with you on this... I know of a few people that want 'only' facebook, but the majority of people use multiple services and would rather not have to have a separate application for each messaging/service.

On Windows the same recommendation should be made that users just stick with Windows Live Messenger, as it automatically integrates with Facebook and other services (as the client gets updated to reflect live.com service integration.) Windows Live Messenger has been doing facebook and other services for a long long time, with plugins going back to 2001-2002 for non Windows Live messaging services, and Facebook added via Live.com as an aggregated service to the Windows Live Client in the latest releases.

With Windows 8, like WP7, this is all integrated (or will be, as it isn't in the CP of Windows 8), and on WP7, the unification and 'people' hub metaphor is one of the best concepts when showing off the phone to iPHone or Android users, as it is really slick, simple and doesn't require additional 'clients' running to have access to several messaging/social services as they can be added to the OS API set for People.


If having a 'dedicated' facebook messenger App is important to people, just leave a browser Windows open to your facebook page. You can minimize it or drop it to the dock, and on Windows 7 with IE9, it behaves like an App, with message notifications appearing on the tasbar icon, with jump lists to the most popular Facebook features.

I'd rather not use IE9. Also, why hate on this convenience? We're supposed to embrace technology, not hate on it. It functions properly, looks decent without any sort of clutter, what exactly is the problem here?

Honestly, it boggles my mind why people would even complain. If you don't like it or find it useful, don't use it. If that's how the general population feels too, then it'll likely die off and you won't have to be inconvenienced by reading about it. @.@

dead.cell said,
I'd rather not use IE9. Also, why hate on this convenience? We're supposed to embrace technology, not hate on it. It functions properly, looks decent without any sort of clutter, what exactly is the problem here?

Honestly, it boggles my mind why people would even complain. If you don't like it or find it useful, don't use it. If that's how the general population feels too, then it'll likely die off and you won't have to be inconvenienced by reading about it. @.@

Yea I dont really see keeping a web browser open or docked as a dedicated messenger.

I think that dude works for microsoft look at the nine paragraph post he replied to my post above.

I have the leaked version working fine on Win8 CP, but like others have said the download isn't even offered for the official, I can wait.

keysteele said,
I have the leaked version working fine on Win8 CP, but like others have said the download isn't even offered for the official, I can wait.

There's a difference between the two?

dogmai79 said,

There's a difference between the two?

Besides not being able to download it with Win8,to be honest I'm not too sure

cleverclogs said,
Horrible program! I'll stick to Win Live Messenger!

Convince me what's wrong with it. It's just the right side of Facebook made into its own program. You can even pin it to the right side so when you maximize programs it stays on the right side, similar to the metro apps in windows 8. Very well made if you ask me. Windows Live Messenger on the other hand has just been a bloated POS for me.

cleverclogs said,
Horrible program! I'll stick to Win Live Messenger!

I dont like that to use Facebook chat in Messenger you have to intergrate your facebook info into the Windows Live. I just want chat I dont want all my facebook friends (and likes but that was fixed) in my Windows Live Mail contacts and Hotmail.

Doli said,

I dont like that to use Facebook chat in Messenger you have to intergrate your facebook info into the Windows Live. I just want chat I dont want all my facebook friends (and likes but that was fixed) in my Windows Live Mail contacts and Hotmail.

Even though the contacts are 'integrated' they are separate. It is like on Android, you have Gmail contacts and can add your Facebook contacts, or on WP7, you have live contacts and can add/view your Facebook contacts.

IT does not give your facebook friends any information or access to your Live information, and you can ignore the Facebook contacts, put not look at them, or even hide them.

You act like something is being foisted on you, yet if you would take a minute to see the options, you are getting a lot of functionality and features that you can pick and choose what to use or not use. (Go to live.com and set up how you want Facebook to be displayed and integrated with your contacts.)

There are some 'good' benefits of the integration, just like adding in Twitter and other 'linked' services to Live, as you then have Live as your central 'Hub' to all your social sites and if you ever use WP7 or a Windows 8 or even Live.com where all this is aggregated together for you as you choose, it is quite impressive, as you and your friends become important and the Service that links you to them becomes irrelevant.

On WP7 with the People Hub this works brilliantly, where you can easily see a list of your personal contacts, your Facebook contacts, your Twitter contacts, or all of them together, and read Facebook and Twitter for example at the same time with a quick flip through the 'what's new'.

Also the aggregation on WP7 has other side effects that people often over look, like the 'History' that you can slide to on any contact. It will display a list going back 'forever' of all the phone calls, tweets, facebook messages, Windows messages, SMS texts and any other service or access you have had with that person. It is like Facebook timeline for that person, except it is personal to your relationship with them, and includes other things like missed calls, calendar entries/meetings, emails, etc.

This is where it puts you and the 'people' in your life as the important focus points and the services and way you interact with them secondary and tracks what you do with the people instead of having to reference the services first and several different services or points of information.

(This was a concept Microsoft started back in the early 90s, with a demo of Windows of the Future, where a universal communication 'box' attached to the people in your life no matter if it was email, voice mail, etc. Windows 95 tried to implement this concept with MAPI and a 'universal' inbox concept that developers and users didn't grasp at the time, so it wasn't used like it was designed.

People finally 'get' the people centric model now and by using Live as the hub for the people in your life, it is starting to become a reality. WP7 displays this beautifully and is one way to sell the phone to even hardcore Android or iPhone users that do even small amounts of emailing/texting/facebooking.

thenetavenger said,


You act like something is being foisted on you, yet if you would take a minute to see the options, you are getting a lot of functionality and features that you can pick and choose what to use or not use. (Go to live.com and set up how you want Facebook to be displayed and integrated with your contacts.)

I do know about the options and even with "Chat with Facebook friends
" checked it will still add to my contacts. I just want chat just like using FB jabber in pidgin.

Although it's only a minor point, I do agree with what a couple of people have said above. The word 'app' is a tiny bit misleading in this context, given the popularity of smartphones and the Win8 CP hitting the headlines for one reason or another every day. "Facebook Messenger for Windows officially released" would have been a better headline, as it tells you what you need to know, with no alternate meaning.

Referring to regular programs as apps is confusing and redundant. You don't call something a Photoshop app or (even when it's actually an "app") an Angry Birds app. App should be used in a generic and mobile (or web-based) context. And even then I hate the term.

Good point. The title would sound better if it just read "Windows Facebook Messenger Officially Released." The official download page does not refer to it as an "app" either. Its just the media who have been redundant in their language.

thealexweb said,
What can this do that a pinned tab in chrome can't offer?

Maybe not everyone wants to use chrome

thealexweb said,
What can this do that a pinned tab in chrome can't offer?

Like Chasethebase mentioned, this one has ticker. Quite useful for us non-US people (or just finns, at least we don't have a ticker, but using a US VPN connection we get it...)

Apparently doesn't work with Windows 8? Won't let you download.

"If you have Windows 7, you can set up the app by clicking the Install button on the Messenger for Windows page.

If you use Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac or another operating system, you won't be able to install the app at this time. We're working on making the app available for more operating systems, so stay tuned. "

Mike Allen said,
Apparently doesn't work with Windows 8? Won't let you download.

"If you have Windows 7, you can set up the app by clicking the Install button on the Messenger for Windows page.

If you use Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac or another operating system, you won't be able to install the app at this time. We're working on making the app available for more operating systems, so stay tuned. "

try running the installer in compatibility mode.
although really, I don't we'd need this at all in Windows 8. Connect your Windows Live account to Facebook, sign in to Windows 8, and receive FB messages via the Messaging app. Profit!!!

FalseAgent said,

try running the installer in compatibility mode.
although really, I don't we'd need this at all in Windows 8. Connect your Windows Live account to Facebook, sign in to Windows 8, and receive FB messages via the Messaging app. Profit!!!

Download button doesn't appear on the page. I haven't figured out how to chat through the Windows 8 app, it just shows notifications (that can't be deleted that I can see).

FalseAgent said,

try running the installer in compatibility mode.
although really, I don't we'd need this at all in Windows 8. Connect your Windows Live account to Facebook, sign in to Windows 8, and receive FB messages via the Messaging app. Profit!!!

The installer doesn't need Compatibility Mode. It works as-is on Vista (at least), but it just isn't offered if you use any other OS other than 7.

Nicholas Pantages said,

Windows 8 Has a messenger App that already has FB Chat in it.
It sucks though.

All the 'preview' Apps in Windows 8 'suck' as admitted openly by Microsoft and the Microsoft App developers. They are 'shells' of the actual Apps that will ship later on this year before Windows 8 is released.

For example, the Mail App, a central 'hub' of sharing to Metro has no POP3, IMAP, or non @live/@hotmail Windows ID support. It is a shell App.

Most of the Apps in the consumer preview are even less functional than the Apps in the developer preview.

Microsoft plans on releasing 'updates' to the Apps during the 'preview/beta' cycle, to test new functionality, and updates and to give developers a chance to compete with the Microsoft included Apps.

So don't gauge anything by the Apps in the Consumer Preview... We have word straight from the mouth of the horse, and the reasons make sense.

(This includes even the Video, Music and Weather, Bing, Map and other Apps as well, with base playback functionality, and limited online features.)

Oh I know that these are 'preview' apps...I'm just hoping they make them better and faster.
FYI the mail app is the most functional one there.. I have my gmail synced, folders and all

thenetavenger said,

For example, the Mail App, a central 'hub' of sharing to Metro has no POP3, IMAP, or non @live/@hotmail Windows ID support. It is a shell App.

I'm not agruing any of your points but just this one thing. The mail app lets you add any accounts you want. I'm using both my Live and Gmail accounts.

trumphil said,
What's the advantage over FB thru Skype?

This also gives desktop notifications for the site, as well as for friend requests. Also the ticker is present.