Facebook has announced a Messenger desktop app for MacOS and Windows operating systems.
Among the many things Facebook announced on day 1 of its F8 Developer Conference this week, the company also announced that Messenger is coming to desktop, on both MacOS and Windows as a standalone app.
While it’s being announced now, the app is only being tested at the moment. Facebook says that it will roll out later in the year on both MacOS and Windows. The app will expand Messenger’s capabilities, allowing users to start “group video calls, collaborate on projects or multi-task while chatting in Messenger.”
So, a little bit like Skype? Close… except that you can only add up to six people to a Messenger group video chat for the time being. Also, 50 people can listen in on the conversation, but will not be able to take part or appear on-screen.
The reasoning behind this move? As Facebook explains: “People want to seamlessly message from any device, and sometimes they just want a little more space to share and connect with the people they care about most.”
Sure, you have been able to use Messenger on desktop (through your browser), but a separate Messenger Desktop app will offer a range of other possibilities as well.