Facebook Messenger app comes to Windows 10

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Back in October of last year, some big companies said that they were working on new Windows 10 Universal apps and that they would arrive in 2016. Facebook was among these companies, promising we would see new Instagram and Facebook Messenger apps in the Store.

A couple of days ago, a new Instagram app built for Windows 10 appeared in the Store — still in beta, though. And now screenshots of another promised app, Facebook Messenger for Windows 10, have also appeared online.

Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 screenshots leaked

The app is only available to download using this link as it can’t be found by searching the Store. We assume the app is still in development — or at least in an internal beta phase — so once it gets nearer to release, it will probably appear in search results. Sources also believe that Facebook will unveil the app at Microsoft’s BUILD conference, taking place later this month. So until then, we probably won’t have any other info about the app.

Screenshots were originally posted by WindowsBlog Italia. Check them out below:

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WindowsBlog Italia also revealed features of the app as well as a hands-on video in Italian. If you understand the language, check out the video below:

Based on the app’s planned features, this version of the app sports improvements compared to the previous version currently available on Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile.

Besides standard features like the ability to send stickers and utilize read receipts, the app also introduces support for GIF animations, something that has become quite popular among Facebook users lately. The app will also come with Live Tile support to see recent messages right from the Start Menu or Home Screen.

We expect a the new app to be unveiled at this month’s BUILD conference along with even more apps from big companies very soon. Windows 10 is becoming a powerful platform, with billions of users on the Windows Store. Companies and developers definitely see the potential of having an app on the Store and the kind of boost it can have with regards to the popularity of a service or product.

Do you like this new Facebook Messenger app? Will you use it once it gets released? Let us know in the comments below!

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