Facebook Makes Messenger Stand Alone for Browsers

Smartphone users already know that Facebook’s Messenger app is a separate application that you need installed to chat away with your contacts.

It seems Facebook has similar plans for those who use PCs and Macs. They are launching a web version of the Messenger app. However, based on the backlash they received last year for divorcing the chatting features from the News Feed features, this time Facebook is giving users 2 choices.

They can either use the Messenger in a standalone capacity. Or they can use it normally like before on Facebook proper. Facebook.com will continue to have the chat tabs and other assorted chatting features that you know and love (or hate).

But why do this in the first place? Messenger.com is for those who just don;t want their newsfeeds or social feeds to get in the way. A clutter-free chatting experience for all. You won’t be able to comb through the Facebook friends profile here or brand pages for that matter. The focus is just on conversations at Messenger.

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So how does Messenger.com look? Its pretty much a larger version of the mobile app on your smartphone, thanks to the increased screen estate. Support for emoticons and stickers and all that other jazz are exactly like you might find on the mobile app. However, you can’t find voice notes on desktop for now, a feature that currently exists on your phone. You can send pics and likes though.

Settings include blocking notifications and sound effects. You can’t block contacts or change your privacy settings from the Messenger website. You need to log into Facebook to tweak those things.

All in all, this is perfect for one-on-one or groups chat. So head over to Messenger.com and let us know how you’re finding the experience. Is it too limiting? Is it perfect for making elaborate dinner plans or focusing on ephemeral conversations? Sound off below!

Samir is the Editor at ProPakistani. You can reach him at [email protected],pk