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Facebook Messenger lands on Windows Phone to challenge BBM

Microsoft continues to boost lackluster app selection
Wed Mar 05 2014, 12:37
Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone on a Nokia Lumia 1320

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook's Messenger app is now available on Windows Phone 8, as Microsoft continues to plump up its apps selection.

Facebook has finally made its dedicated Messenger app available on Microsoft's mobile operating system, two years after it made its debut on iOS and Android.

Microsoft seems quite pleased about this, too. It barked in a blog post on Wednesday, "Last week at Mobile World Congress, it was announced that Facebook Messenger was coming to Windows Phone. And today it’s here! You can now download Facebook Messenger from the Windows Phone Store."

Much like the Facebook Messenger app on rival operating systems, the Windows Phone app supports features such as the ability to see who's online and offline, group conversations, location sharing and sending stickers. However, it doesn't allow for voice messaging, nor does it support Chat Heads for quickly jumping between conversations by tapping on a picture of a friend's face. 

"With Facebook Messenger, you will be able to see who’s online for a private or group chat, send a private message, and bring messages to life with pictures and stickers," Microsoft added.

"You can also share your location so people can know if you are nearby. All your Facebook friends are automatically added to the People Tab for you to get started sending messages but you can also import new contacts too."

The arrival of Facebook Messenger sees the Windows Phone apps selection improving. Last week, Nokia announced that Blackberry Messenger will also be coming to Windows Phone, following the recent additions of Instagram and Vine.

Facebook Messenger is available to download for free from the Windows Store. µ


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