Facebook kills Messenger for Windows

So long, Facebook Messenger for Windows, we barely knew you..and you’re gone..already!!

Just days after Microsoft announced the imminent launch of Facebook\’s messaging app for Windows Phone at Mobile World Congress, the network is ending Windows support for the service on March 3. Facebook Messenger made its debute on Windows barely two years ago.Its Windows app is disappearing soon, but Facebook is still developing Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone.fb messenger windowsThe announcement, which came in the form of a notification to users within the app, was spotted by The Next Web.

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“We\’re sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger for Windows, and it will stop working on March 3, 2014,” the message stated.

The app was well-reviewed, with more than half of its ratings of the 5-star variety. About a million people were using Facebook Messenger for Windows.

Windows users can still access their messages on Facebook.com, but that\’s not quite as convenient as an app. It\’s unclear why Facebook is yanking the Windows app while at the same time is developing a Windows Phone app, but it\’s possible that Facebook is no longer focused on desktop applications for any operating system. Messenger was only available for Windows 7, XP, and Vista users, and as The Next Web noted, FB never even got around to releasing a Messenger app for OS X.

As Facebook continues on its mobile-first trajectory, we should expect more of its desktop services (see: e-mail) to either fade away or transition to smartphone-friendly features.

UPDATE: Facebook has also declared to end its support for the messenger app for Mozilla Firefox on March 3, 2014.

While the Windows users are still baffled by the decision to get rid of the messenger, it has been hinted that this move is taken in lieu of facebook purchasing Whatsapp for $19 billion dollars. Facebook recently ended its email service to focus on Whatsapp messages.


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