Hands-on with the new Facebook Messenger for Windows 10

Facebook officially released their Windows 10 app for Messenger on Wednesday along with the Facebook app for PC and Instagram for Mobile. While there are plenty of messaging services available, many of my friends still use Facebook Messenger. I just installed it on my Windows tablet and I'm very happy with it. Watch the hands-on video if you want to check it out before installing.

Messenger for Windows 10 comes with many of your favorite features like stickers, group conversations and GIFs. It also has native desktop notifications that make your experience richer and more complete. You also can see when you have messages waiting for you in its Live Tile.

Facebook Messenger

There are a couple of tricks I noticed after using the Messenger app. When you swipe left on a conversation, options appear to let you delete, mute, archive, block, or mark the conversation as spam. Also, if you swipe down in the contacts list, a search form show up on top of the list.

I can use Facebook's Messenger service with a web browser, but the dedicated Windows 10 app adds the conveniences of having notifications and live tiles. What's missing right now is the ability to make voice or video calls. I hope Facebook adds those features in the near future.

Facebook Messenger

For fans of the Windows 10 Mobile OS, Microsoft has announced that a new Facebook app will be "coming soon" to phones. It's safe to assume they mean to include Messenger as well.

Messenger for Windows 10 is a free download from the Windows Store. Go download it now and let us know what you think of it the comments!

Download Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 PC in the Windows Store

Mark Guim

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.