Facebook Messenger launches on Windows Phone 8
Facebook Messenger (www.facebook.com/messenger) has today launched on Windows Phone, just as announced back at Mobile World Congress. The joint venture between Microsoft and Facebook brings the familiar messaging experience from the popular social network to Windows Phone. Before you assume this app to be dead weight with Facebook integration in Windows Phone already present, think again as this expands on functionality. Head past the break for details and store links.
What does this app do that the built-in messenger system fails to feature? You've got stickers, images and more that's new for the platform in an official offering. Should you find yourself communicating with friends through Facebook more often than not, it's worth checking out. Just like Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android, Windows Phone owners will now be able to check messages without opening Facebook through the official apps or Internet Explorer.
Not only that, but there's a sweet list of features included in Facebook Messenger:
- Get to all your messages without having to open Facebook.
- Bring your conversations to life with stickers and send photos privately.
- Have group conversations and make plans on the go.
- Share your location so people know when you're nearby.
- Know when people have seen your messages.
- See who's using Messenger and who's active on Facebook.
- Stay logged in so you never miss a message.
- Turn off notifications when you're working, sleeping or just need a break.
- Never lose your conversation history or contacts.
Since this is a standalone app from both Microsoft and Facebook, we can see this solution being updated regularly (or more frequently than the full-featured Facebook apps). You can download Facebook Messenger from the Windows Phone Store.
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Another half done app to the count.
It must be opened to get them :/
Not receiving notifications after closing app but it works fine on my friends L720
Hope you fix it ;)
Edit: It doesn't seem to cache data, like images.
And I've seen WP7 devices being sold by FNAC in Belgium too. Because, unlike the US, most people who buy phones in Europe goes to stores like FNAC, the phones are still being sold. Otherwise those 20% would have been gone way easier.
So they basically sell all kinds of CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, gaming consoles, games, books & magazines, PCs, laptops, tablets, phones (from dumbphones to smartphones) photography cameras, TVs, projectors, dvd & blu-ray players, music players, and everything IT related (keyboards, mouses, webcams, etc etc). It's basically a tech's geek heaven and they're the main place to go to buy a phone without a carrier.
When you touch "see timeline" it doesn't open the FB app, but the web site instead. My only complains so far.
Anyways I am crying :')
Anyone know how to disable some of those?
Turn of messages in toast/notifications under settings in the FB app and turn off FB chat under settings/applications/messages in WP settings.
A) they never show the resuming screen except in crazy cases
B) they're much more faster
The a reason is very annoying for third party apps in phones like 520.
This fb messager comes to wp so fast and the app seema to be faster too
Thanks for the tip guys!! Downloading...
On a side note, I think this is where fb is headed with the chat options - The fb messenger will integrate with Whatsapp and eventually there will be just one messaging platform with consistent features from fb. If you noticed, the app asked for your mobile number while logging in. MS will keep on working to make Skype better which will be the answer to Google Hangouts and the primary messaging app on WP and Windows. All of this will be deeply integrated in the Messaging Hub in WP8.1. With the ability to choose your default messaging app, everyone will be free to decide what to use and what not to. Ok, maybe I am still dazed because I just woke up and used a FB app that works perfectly straight out of the box :P
Really not liking this unfairness.
Cheers to MS and Facebook for bringing this so fast after the announcement.
I thought its the same with everyone else. But no.. You all are talking about That.
MS can't control companies, despite what so many expect.
So yeah, I think I'll pass. :-/
Okay, I think to turn it "off", you have to turn off notifications. However, there is no simple "off" setting. It can only either be suspended for an hour or until 8AM (8:00 for non-US users) the following day. I think this is actually working because my battery is actually charging instead of staying at a standstill while on the charger...
This app should solve problems for all. I hope FB develops their own official app and make Microsoft ditch its own version
If the integration of Facebook will be removed then I will not upgrade my phone to wp8.1
For those who are complaining about having 2 notifications for the same message, they can easily uncheck the option in official Facebook app.
-no custom notification sounds?
-it could use a dark theme (optional)
-needs normal smileys!
Anyway... three things about this app which make it pretty much a beta to me: - It's slower in loading up than watching grass grow... - Notifications are hit and miss: after some idle time toasts don't come through anymore - Worst-of-all bug: impossible to register my phone number as it keeps auto-filling a surplus zero! #fail! Nice first try at it, but needs some quick update to adress these issues
Anyone with same problem? Solution