One of the most popular Facebook-owned properties is Messenger, but using it on a Mac hasn’t been as easy as it could be. That’s because an official app doesn’t exist — yet. But it turns out that will be changing soon.
Update: The news is now officially official, as Facebook (once again) published the original blog post confirming the upcoming new addition. Facebook had this to say:
“People want to seamlessly message from any device, and sometimes they just want a little more space to share and connect with the people they care about most. So today we’re announcing a Messenger Desktop app. You can download the app on your desktop — both Windows and MacOS — and have group video calls, collaborate on projects or multi-task while chatting in Messenger. We are testing this now and will roll it out globally later this year.”
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iGeneration has the report on Tuesday. It looks like the publication was able to beat Facebook to the punch, actually. F8, Facebook’s official developers conference, kicks off later this afternoon (1:00 PM ET), and Facebook Messenger for macOS looks to be one of the incoming announcements. The company published a blog post, but then subsequently pulled it.
“One of the big news that will be available later this year is the version of Messenger for Windows and macOS, via a desktop application that is reminiscent of Skype or Messages. The PC / Mac software will offer the same functionality as the mobile version: group video calls, collaboration, etc.”
All we have to go on right now is a screenshot of the Windows 10 version of the incoming app, which definitely looks a lot like Skype. It also sounds like the app will offer end-to-end encryption as well. But any additional details will have to wait for Facebook’s official announcement later today.
But that’s not all. Facebook will also be announcing updates to Messenger for iOS as well, making the app even faster, a virtual lounge where a group of users can watch a video together, and much smaller file sizes.
We don’t have long to wait before Facebook makes all of this official, so if you’re looking forward to seeing what the social network is working on with Messenger, stay tuned.