Facebook Messenger Desktop App
Facebook Messenger Desktop App

Here’s an interesting update from the Facebook makers. As the Facebook Messenger is finally receiving desktop apps almost 9 years after its debut. After seeing a 100% increase in audio and video calls from the desktop browser, Messenger today launches its desktop applications for Mac and Windows. They bring the same features as the browser version, but make it easier to have your chat threads at hand than to have Messenger buried in one of the many tabs.

We are all looking for more ways to be together, even while physically separated

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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Moreover, the Facebook initially declared Messenger desktop apps at its F8 conference a year ago. As the conference was canceled due to the coronavirus this year and users evidently wanted the desktop apps now, it made sense to introduce them without a major press event. Previously, the Mac version was seen in testing. Messenger briefly had a Windows app in 2011 before it was dropped until now.

Possibly the biggest deficiency of Facebook Messenger right now is that it can only handle up to 8 group video call participants, as opposed to 100 or even 500 with Zoom. That means Messenger can’t bear some of the new use cases that have come up since people started taking refuge in place due to COVID-19.

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Screen sharing is the other important missing feature. The inability to show what you are seeing avoids some commercial use cases as well as phone social ones like the joint browsing of a photo album. Messenger might add the screen share option in the future. The Chat apps have gone from a way to stay in touch while apart or to organize a meeting for our only form of human connection for those locked up. That means they can no longer be built as complements to our offline lives. They must be transmitted to us in full.

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