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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Facebook launches new messenger desktop app

Facebook today debuted a new Messenger app for desktop and PC, presumably in an attempt to get in on the massive new demand for good voice chat apps.
The new app syncs calls across devices, boasts unlimited free video and group calls, and supports GIFs and notifications. It also comes in Dark Mode
Facebook releases a Messenger desktop app for Windows and macOS

According to Stan Chudnovsky, Messenger VP, the company’s seen “more than a 100% increase in people using their desktop browser for audio and video calling on Messenger.” Given the situation the world is in at the moment, I don’t doubt that’s because video chatting is the only way to see friends and relatives stuck in quarantine. Chudnovsky adds, “Now more than ever, people are using technology to stay in touch with the people they care about, even when physically apart.”
Messenger’s a familiar application to most, though it will have to compete with several other video chats out there, including the likes of FaceTime and Google Meet. While I doubt it’s going to have the same business applications as, say, Zoom or Microsoft Teams, it’s at least an alternative for personal video chats. 

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