Facebook Launches Desktop App for Bigger ScreensBy José Escobedo | Thu, 04/02/2020 - 19:13
As more people stay home and practice social distancing, the need to stay connected with family and friends is becoming more prevalent than ever. Facebook has released today the launching of a new desktop Messenger app for MacOS and Windows platforms.
According to company representatives, over the past month Facebook has experienced a 100 percent increase in people using their desktop browser for audio and video calling on Messenger. The best of Messenger is coming to desktop with unlimited and free group video calls.
"Now more than ever, people are using technology to stay in touch with the people they care about, even when physically apart," says Stan Chudnovsky, Head of Facebook Messenger, in a blog post. New Messenger features include group video calls on a larger screen, easier connectivity, multitasking and notifications, among others. Users could already run Messenger on a desktop by logging into the main social network. The difference is that now there is a separate desktop app. The app has the same features as the mobile app, the company said.
In a statement, the company reports this app makes it easier to keep chat threads at hand, instead of having them buried in one of many tabs. “We are all looking for more ways to be together, even while we are physically apart,” says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Other highlights that people will appreciate when using this app are chats updating across mobile and desktop, so the user will never miss a call or message no matter what device they are using. “People love messenger on the big screen, especially when they can have access to Dark Mode and GIFs,” said Chudnovsky.