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Facebook app for Windows 10 to shut down this month

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Facebook app Windows 10 (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Facebook's Windows 10 app will stop working on February 28, 2020.
  • Facebook directs people to use a browser to check Facebook from their PC.
  • Facebook's Messenger app is still in the Microsoft Store.

Facebook's Windows 10 app will stop working before the end of this month, according to a new report. MSPowerUser shared an email from a Facebook user who received a notification about the impending shutdown. According to the email from the Facebook team, the app will stop working on February 28, 2020. Facebook directs people to use their browser to check Facebook from their PCs.

Facebook's record when it comes to releasing and maintaining apps on Windows 10 has been hit and miss throughout the years. The company's apps often go months without an update and fall behind their counterparts on iOS and Android. That situation improved when Facebook converted its Messenger app to an Electron app, and switched the Instagram app to a PWA, but the Facebook app doesn't seem like it will receive similar treatment.

Here's the complete text that Marius sent to MSPowerUser:

Since you use Facebook for Windows desktop app, we wanted to make sure you're aware this app will stop working on Friday, February 28, 2020. You can still access all of your friends and favorite Facebook features by logging in through your browser at www.facebook.com.For the best experience, make sure you're using the most current version of our supported browsers including the new Microsoft Edge.You can still access Messenger through the Facebook website or by logging in through your browser at www.messenger.com. If you prefer a desktop app for your conversations, try the new Messenger for Windows which you can download now in the Microsoft Store.Thank you for using Facebook for Windows desktop app, The Facebook Team

The email states that Facebook's Messenger app is sticking around and that people can chat through messenger.com. Facebook specifically mentions that its Messenger app is available through the Microsoft Store.

What do you think about Facebook shutting down its desktop app for Windows 10? If you browse Facebook on your PC, do you use the app or your web browser? Let us know in the comments below.

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23 Comments
  • Appifier. Try it.
  • Took a quick look and it appears they have shut down.
  • Just use the new Edge beta, you can install anything as an app. And you can use the correct sorting of postings instead of facebook thinks it needs to push.
  • That's once again a nice move. One that was forced on another big 3rd-party development, similarly to LinkedIn (a 2.5th-party application) by candy-*** Microsoft. Leaving users without an alternative provided by the platform. It's always nice to advise users to use a product such as the new Edge that has not yet been delivered to them. Just like LinkedIn suggests using the PWA, although there is no new Edge, and PWAs are not crawled by the Store either.
  • I don't have a problem with this AS LONG AS they fix the reactions display, which is not in chronological order like it is in their apps.
  • I've always wondered why FB didn't just create a PWA. FB is first & foremost a website, so it seems like it would be a logical move and a way to keep all platforms consistent without repeating your work for different OS's.
  • It always performed so badly that I pinned the Facebook page to Start and stopped using the app.
  • Honestly, I just opened Chromium Edge and went to Facebook. I have the new beta webui. When Installing it as an App, it looks awesome! Looks fully native and even the top bar is the blue of FB's logo. All it needs is a live tile. I bet this is why this is happening.
  • How do you access the Beta UI? Thanks.
  • Go Edge/Apps/Facebook to install it and then add it to Start Menu or Task bar
  • The app was really bad but at least it allowed me to receive notifications of Facebook posts on the desktop, which doesn't work in a browser unless you keep it open.
  • The app wasn't all that useful
  • When will PWA get live tile support?
  • This is fine. FB sucks anyway, as did this app
  • Facebook is just absolute trash, and I wish we could move on to something else, it's just the worst as a company. Can we cancel them? 🙄
  • People already have.
  • It never had the features so I never used it
  • Never used that app. Chrome browser with allow notifications on kind of makes any app redundant.
  • Nope. It depends on the app.
  • Frustrating but fair enough. Frustrating as the availability of Windows apps is reducing not increasing and it will only get less now Microsoft's focus is Web Apps in Edge. Fair enough because Windows is a hybrid tablet/pc OS and it made sense to me to use the website than an app on my Surface Pro. I guess if I used Facebook a lot I may want a tablet app too. Facebook Messenger though is a good fit, it only focuses on Messaging/Video Calling and for this I do use the Windows UWP app.
  • Well we're in March now and the app is still working for me, but it's not available to download from the Store now
  • Well we're in March now and the app is still working for me. It's not available to download from the Store now
  • I'm probably one of few people who actually used the app and wasn't happy about this change. :P