The looming global lockdown has brought Houseparty, a group video chatting service, to limelight through the growing usage of the mobile and desktop application to connect with family and friends.
Now, Facebook is looking to have a taste of the pie, with the launch of native Messenger app for Windows and Mac, which is coming almost 9 years after its initial debut. The app offers same features as the browser version, but easier to keep tab with your chat threads than having Messenger tucked away as one of several tabs.
It allow users on MacOS and Windows computers to video chat and stay connected with friends and family all over the world, especially useful in this crisis period.
Highlight features of the Native Desktop Messenger App
- Sync across mobile and desktop: Never miss a message or call no matter the device you’re using.
- Group video call: Now you can stay in touch with family and friends right on your larger PC screen, join a workout, or even host a virtual party.
- Easy Multitasking: You can easily access your chats, as it pops in and out of the app even while doing other stuff on your computer.
- Get Notifications: You'll receive notifications for new messages, so that you can quickly look up the chat. But still, you’re in control by either muting and snoozing the notifications.
How to get Started with the Messenger Desktop App?
The Messenger app is now available on the Microsoft Store and Mac App Store, so you can download the respective app for your platform, to start messaging friends and family, with group video calls, just like on the mobile and web versions. It includes Dark Mode and GIFs, and everything else you love about Messenger, but on a bigger screen.
Facebook is still rolling out dark mode as one of the new features coming to the redesigned desktop version.
The launch of a native desktop app for Messenger has indeed been a long time coming, with earlier hints that Facebook was working on such app in 2016.