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New Facebook Messenger Desktop app shown off in hands-on video

Facebook Messenger Desktop app
Facebook Messenger Desktop app (Image credit: Facebook)

What you need to know

  • A rewritten Facebook Messenger app for Windows 10 is on the way.
  • The app brings several features that are available on Android and iOS but not in the current Windows 10 app.
  • Aggiornamenti Lumia shows off the new app in a video.

A new Facebook Messenger app for Windows 10 is on the way. Facebook first announced that a new app was on the way to Windows 10 and Mac in April 2019. Now, a version of that app has appeared online. Aggiornamenti Lumia shows off the new Facebook app in a video and breaks down some of its features.

According to Aggiornamenti Lumia, the rewritten Facebook Messenger app brings several features to Windows 10 that are not available in the current Windows 10 app, including the ability to permanently delete sent messages, new themes (dark theme, grey theme), the ability to send files, a full Screen Mode, the ability to hide chats, a new icon, and updated emoticons.

At first glance, the app looks similar to the current Windows 10 app, but it has some notable differences when compared to the current app. The new app is powered by Electron and is developed to work across multiple platforms. As a result, it's much more likely that this Facebook app will remain updated with new features over time.

Aggiornamenti Lumia states that the new Facebook Messenger app will be downloadable through both the web and the Microsoft Store. At this time, there doesn't seem to be a place to download the beta version of the app.

Facebook's initial announcement of the app includes more details, as well as Facebook's plans for messaging going forward.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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  • It's a new Messenger app (chat) for desktop.
    It's not a new Facebook app (social network), just as the article repeats several times.
  • Thanks. The article has been updated to clarify that it's a messenger app in the text to match the headline and the video.
  • For and app that has just 1 single purpose like this, I wonder why they don't just do a PWA for all platforms?
  • Hopefully the bits leak soon. The current one is awful. Caprine is a good stopgap, though.
  • I installed the app via the store, and it launched to the old version. I then attempted to launch messenger.exe via cmd prompt and as expected was denied access. When I next launched the app via a shortcut, it launched the new version. 🤷‍♂️