Facebook Messenger is launching on Mac this year. The company announced the new desktop application at its annual F8 developer conference on April 30 in San Jose, California.
The news about the new application leaked about a week ago, thanks to a post in the French blog iGeneration, that was deleted soon after being published. Yet, the news was up again right after Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference.
A screenshot of the new version for Windows shows that the desktop application will look like both Skype and Apple’s own Messages app on Mac.
According to Facebook, the Messenger Desktop is going to offer the same features as the mobile version of the application, including group video calls and chat:
“We’re also launching a desktop app for Messenger that’s available for both Windows and MacOS. 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. You can download Messenger Desktop — and enjoy the same features as the app on your phone — like group video calls, collaborate on projects or multi-task while chatting in Messenger. We are testing this now and will roll it out globally later this year.”
Presently, Facebook is working hard to make all of its messaging services across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp integrated and end-to-end encrypted. This process should be completed in 2020.
Meanwhile, the company is launching updates to Facebook Messenger for iOS featuring better performance, smaller file size, and other new features, such as a virtual lounge where several people can watch the same video together.
More details on the new Facebook Messenger for macOS, you can read on its official website.