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Facebook Messenger launches on Windows Phone 8

Facebook Messenger (www.facebook.com/messenger) has today launched on Windows Phone, just as announced back at Mobile World Congress. The joint venture between Microsoft and Facebook brings the familiar messaging experience from the popular social network to Windows Phone. Before you assume this app to be dead weight with Facebook integration in Windows Phone already present, think again as this expands on functionality. Head past the break for details and store links.

What does this app do that the built-in messenger system fails to feature? You've got stickers, images and more that's new for the platform in an official offering. Should you find yourself communicating with friends through Facebook more often than not, it's worth checking out. Just like Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android, Windows Phone owners will now be able to check messages without opening Facebook through the official apps or Internet Explorer. 

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Not only that, but there's a sweet list of features included in Facebook Messenger:

  • Get to all your messages without having to open Facebook.
  • Bring your conversations to life with stickers and send photos privately.
  • Have group conversations and make plans on the go.
  • Share your location so people know when you're nearby.
  • Know when people have seen your messages.
  • See who's using Messenger and who's active on Facebook.
  • Stay logged in so you never miss a message.
  • Turn off notifications when you're working, sleeping or just need a break.
  • Never lose your conversation history or contacts.

Since this is a standalone app from both Microsoft and Facebook, we can see this solution being updated regularly (or more frequently than the full-featured Facebook apps). You can download Facebook Messenger from the Windows Phone Store.

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dkxs says:

wow, fast

Jared Hayes says:

Can someone explain this joke to me.. I've been seeing people say this on here for weeks and still have no idea why!

Jack Janik says:

Because after an update, that usually doesn't actually change anything, people go, "Hm, seems faster" Recently, its gotten out of hand. This time I think he meant that the app was released shortly after it announcement.

cuwe says:

Also , this joke apply at the first comment .

planetparker says:

Bummer. I had been wondering the same thing, but had hoped there was something more to it than that, considering how often the joke is repeated. :D

Martsicky says:

actually everyone who uses Facebook/Facebook Beta for WP knows that this app is slow as f... (even it has seen 30+updates since v.5 debut) I think thats why everyone is joking. Also it started with some people being serious with "it feels faster" after small bug fixes/improvements updates. :p

What does that have to do with this app? ... and Facebook works fine for me, are you sure it's not your connection?

shadoweye14 says:

Yeah! I know right. Facebook apps. Both of them are Really fast for me. I get Notifications  Instantly and the Performance of the app on the phone is really good as well. I have no Idea what problems the rest of you lot are having :?

Jazmac says:

Agreed. Its instantaneous for me. He must be on Sprint's 3G.

Gemmol says:

moves fast on Lumia 1520

ortizang says:

Seems faster!!!

swizzlerz says:

Way faster!!!

dhaval88 says:

Ye,only intelligent knows the true meaning of comment "hm faster"

RaRa85 says:

Man oh man, I hope Microsoft announces and releases WP8.1 like this!

Paulo1300 says:

Well I think the confusion comes from the fact that Microsoft fixed the messaging portion of their Facebook app. So now u get the messages instantly. Now I get two messages instantly haha

aemehran says:

I don't get it either. Couldn't they have just added the capabilities to the official fb app? Why have 2 separate apps?

SargeT says:

Same to me, I feel now being penetrated 3 ways - messaging hub, and two apps - and thinking about wtf in multiplicating same functionality...

chrispyogurt says:

I think I'll just disable Facebook chat and use this instead

aienjell says:

Exactly, think they're moving away from hub functionality. Easier for people to migrate over when 8.1 comes. Now I get three duplicate messages, annoying as hell to delete 3.

Just disable "use facebook chat" option from messages and disable toast notifications for other apps -_-

Switchfoot3r says:

You can actually set your status as "offline" on the Messaging Hub and you can turn notifications off for messages on the Facebook app. That way you'll be penetrated only once :3

Jack Janik says:

LOL DID NO ONE ELSE GET THE INNUENDO?! :D

Tomasz S. says:

Too bad disabling notifications in the WP FB app syncs with the W8 App and disables the notifications there also.

SargeT says:

Exactly. Wish I could've turn off pushes in messenger and app and leave them in hub, but still have messenger and app installed. Because hub is great for rapid free messaging but lacks images.

No you should change your settings under messaging to not use Facebook Chat.

SargeT says:

I want fb messages in messaging hub turned on and both fb app and fb messaging app still working but with no pushes. Problem is, turning off WP fb app's pushes reportedly influences W8 fb app while turning off pushes in fb messenger app permanently is impossible, only 1 hr and til morning options available.

Switchfoot3r says:

"Reportedly" or you know it for sure? Because I haven't had any issues with the Windows 8.1 Facebook app notifications.

SargeT says:

Tomasz a few comments upper reported. I tried, thank you, you saved my ear from one bebeep per message.

Hhahahahahahaa lol 

Check your settings in the Facebook app and on WP settings under messaging. You must disable it from the ones you don't want notifications from.

TechFreak1 says:

@sarge t. Hahahahahahah

not sure why they couldn't just add the sticker and other capabilities but mind you iOS is the same so is android, they all have a seperate messenger app but i guess we'll find out if the facebook app for WP8.1 will be no par or even have some distinc feature that the other 2 OS doesn't have

Xpider_MX says:

To modify the system app they need to release a system update. It is impossible to release system updates each time Facebook add a feature to Messenger.

Robert Grant says:

They need a really good, extensible messaging API that everyone can hook their apps into. I'm happy to install a FB Messenger app, I just wish it would work through the standard messaging in WP.

I agree, not liking where this is headed. The hubs are maybe the greatest things with WP. Ok, so they want apps to be upgraded without having to upgrade the OS, well make the hubs to oridanry apps so they can be upgraded withut having to ugrade the OS.

I'm ok with standalone apps IF all the hubs have good API so for example the chat-apps like whatsapp, this facebook chat app, skype and whatever apps using some sort of chat can be used in the messaging hub.

The same with the people hub, standalone apps that connects to the people hub.

 

MikeSo says:

Agree completely. I liked having the hub for messaging. Didn't matter if it was text on SMS or text on Facebook. They're dismantling one of the things I and the people that used it saw as one of the selling points of WP. Not good.

I'm with you. One of my favorite features was the hubs, very convenient.

With that being said, it was kind of annoying when someone would send me a picture, i had to swith to the FB app to see it.

Rich Edmonds says:

It's all about branding and to say "we have this app too".

theroyboy44 says:

Well messenger is instant not only in its sending but receiving, something that you have to manual update on the fb app, plus you at least don't have to go through the process of open the app then clicking the messages!

Paulo1300 says:

thats not true, for about the last 2 or so months we have been getting messages instantly. additionally, you can pin the messages section to your homescreen, which is essentially "facebook messenger"

theroyboy44 says:

That is kinda true, however, when I use it, it feels sluggish and if someone sends a message longer than some point you have to click on SEE MORE which opens up explorer and send you to the online fb to read the message. And yes the notifications work but when I used a different fb app (booklet) those notifications would come first! I could deal with it if the app wasn't so sluggish for me! Also for me alot of times when I'm open the app to check for messages, the red bare will drop from the top saying something like it doesn't have enough data connection or something...

WixosTrix says:

The Facebook app is developed and published to the Store by Microsoft, though I've read FB has recently been co-developing. This new Messenger app is by FB, and is actully their first officail app in the Store. Hopefully FB will be publishing their own offical app that will work better with it. For the time being, you can turn off the notifications for the FB app and Hub integration.

taymur says:

no this one wasnt a joke, it is really fast, but usually after an udpate we have this inside joke to say that.

NIST says:

Seems faster.

Harsh Gaurav says:

It really is fast...tho it lags a bit but better than others in performance...

kurtd says:

It works but seems pointless. Now I can chat in there places. Why can't they just make the main app better?

Xpider_MX says:

Just read my comment. The system chat can't be upgraded without a system update.

neo158 says:

Exactly and we still haven't seen all that WP8.1 has to offer so the Messaging app may allow for apps to plug into it or even replace the system app altogether. We all need to wait until BUILD to see what happens.

bkbkjbb says:

Not only is it faster, but now my friends even reply faster. Amazing work!

kurtd says:

Now we need the ability to have more lock screen icons. Txt and fb were same icon now two and I don't want to remove any others... Annoying.

I nearly chocked myself

Jack Larson1 says:

Must be a steep grade ;)

JM_T says:

Thanks to you we now have a comment thread about getting penetrated fast, multiple times, and choking in the process...

Rich Edmonds says:

Just another day at the office :-)

xratola says:

And it doesn't have push notifications!
Another half done app to the count.

pankaj981 says:

Push notifications work as expected

poddie says:

Yeah, not sure what xratola is talking about. Works great.

salsahil says:

No, seriously, I am not getting messages after closing the app. The app has to be opened.

TJWINS says:

My notifications work with app closed.

xratola says:

You've gotta be kidding what phone do u have? .-.

Gemmol says:

i have Lumia 1520 but if you have battery saver on you will not get notificiations take it off and see if it works

neo158 says:

My ATIV S recieves them as well, you must be using it wrong!!

poddie says:

Just tested and I get notifications with the app closed (using x button).

Same problem occurs with my L520

xratola says:

You don't receive messages when you close the app.
It must be opened to get them :/

Dratwister says:

Is your phone in battery save mode? Didn't try the app but it's usually the reason why

xratola says:

Nothing on power saving or data restriction. Are the notifications coming from the Facebook App, In-built messaging or the Facebook Messenger App?

mesamit says:

its working with app closed....i am getting push notification from all 3 of them

poddie says:

My notifications are definitely coming from the messenger app without it running in the background.

Nabkawe5 says:

Perhaps you just have too many apps running in the background, got to settings background apps and disable few of them, then reboot and try again. :)

Sean D. says:

Which is why I don't understand why people are so enthusiastic about "official" facebook apps.

It does have push notifications!

knightryderz says:

I have the same problem on my Lumia 920.
Not receiving notifications after closing app but it works fine on my friends L720

xratola says:

Look at the threat on the forum I gave a possible fix.

knightryderz says:

I can't find the thread in the forum. Can you provide the link to the forum discussion?

knightryderz says:

Fixed it. Working perfectly now. Thank you so much :)

Wp_Shashwat says:

Apart from the stickers, the integrated messenger is way better!

OsamaAdam98 says:

Excuse me where is the integrated chat anywhere better than this app apart from the stickers? And why are stickers a big deal anyway?

jaywinjv says:

You can't sent messages to offline people(mail) in the integrated messenger. Fail

fb discontinued their mail service, that's why you can't do it anymore.

neo158 says:

You can still send messages to offline contacts through the Facebook Messenger app, just one of the many things the integrated version is missing.

Yousef Kawmi says:

i can send messages to offline contacts !

JiroJarin says:

Actually you can send messages to people offline in wp integrated fb chat.. Works for me

devize says:

The only app ive missed since switching from android. Hope it is just as good as their version!

Shimoner01 says:

I find it to be redundant given the hub integration built into the OS - but I guess this is another sign that FB integration is going to be removed in 8.1.

ncxcstud says:

I haven't been able to use the integrated facebook chat in months. I don't want to reset my phone to fix it. I'll take this app to help with that annoyance..

anirudhk563 says:

Jst remove the memory card and sim nd restart it will fix

devize says:

Really? The built in client sucks, and it is only for chat, not messages. There's a difference.

twelvetudors says:

Chat and messaging are one and the same in Facebook now.

WixosTrix says:

But things like photos, stickers, and group messages don't work with the Hub integration.

WhippedKream says:

Finally! I'm getting tired of this "Integration works great"! I'm a WP fanboy and had it since WP7, sending images and stuff with GREAT speed, and being able to see if they saw ur msg, and send stickers and group messages, with the most reliable toast notifications is waaaaaaaaay too good to pass and would be an insult to the app to say it's the same.

adrian1338 says:

noone said integration works great. the only thing that works great is the idea of a unified expierience with a single messaging hub. I expected it to fully integrate FB (with group messages, media content and proper conistency of messages) rather than have another annoying app flying around that I would have to use. I want One App for messaging and One app for info (people hub). That was the Idea behind Windows Phones integration of the Hubs. Shame to see it go really.

I agree, not liking where this is headed. The hubs are maybe the greatest things with WP. Ok, so they want apps to be upgraded without having to upgrade the OS, well make the hubs to oridanry apps so they can be upgraded withut having to ugrade the OS.

I'm ok with standalone apps IF all the hubs have good API so for example the chat-apps like whatsapp, this facebook chat app, skype and whatever apps using some sort of chat can be used in the messaging hub.

The same with the people hub, standalone apps that connects to the people hub.

 

sri san says:

wp 8.1 let us to choose ths app in hub thats greatest thing  follow wpcentral dnt act lk dunno anything :) greates app i  love it

neo158 says:

Same here, the integrated chat is missing so many features and either spontaneously stops working or suffers from serious latency issues simply because all the messages have to go through Microsoft servers first. This app connects directly to Facebook servers which makes it far more reliable.

You find it redundant? Did you read the article?

Shimoner01 says:

Yes, if you only use it for messaging. That said, I have since been alerted to the ability to send photos, etc. which is not available in OS version - as such, I retracted.

aienjell says:

Don't think u get convo threads in messaging app. They are conforming and it sucks.

busyman96 says:

I didn't like the integrated messenger because it mixed up text messages and Facebook messages. I found that confusing, and I know it said what the message type was, but still.

I don't think they will remove it. They give just people the option to choose what they like to use. #fingerscrossed

devize says:

Yep, this app is awesome, notifications are instant! Notifications on the glance screen is really good too and along with wp 8.1 I will finally be able to say I'm completely happy with WP. There's no longer any feature I'm missing, apart from maybe contactless payments.

chad08er says:

Baked in version doesn't work most of the time.

FUS3360 says:

Is your status set to available?

chad08er says:

Yep,it kicks in every once in a awhile.

FUS3360 says:

Hmm.. Mine did that for a while.. I also didn't received any messages on my game hub as far as game invites and messages. That is until I figured that I needed to set my status as available..

Menzlo says:

My baked in app works flawlessly. That said, it doesn't support pictures or groups so I'll be using the new one.

Tomasz S. says:

And also it is damn ugly and very non-WP-like, just like the Skype app.

busyman96 says:

It is ugly. In the alphabet screen, the symbols aren't even centered properly. The tile doesn't help either.
Edit: It doesn't seem to cache data, like images.

paramsingh says:

I'm in tears :')

Acbuono5 says:

Its so beautiful :')

cuwe says:

Amazing creation ( but God's better tho :p )

NINJA PLZ says:

F Yo Jesus, I don't want I unicorn!! Isaiah 34:7

cuwe says:

My God is not Jesus :)

NINJA PLZ says:

Atheism for life or until your religion is proven.

cuwe says:

Your rights to choose your beliefs .

TJWINS says:

Why not agnostic rather than athiest? Atheism is hatred.

NINJA PLZ says:

Please Wikipedia atheism and show me its hatred, its only the lack of beliefs in a god.

NINJA PLZ says:

Its literal meaning is Without God.

Sin Ogaris says:

Antitheism is hatred, those dudes are the worst fundamentalists around.

NINJA PLZ says:

Whatever dude, all it really means is without God and they like to make fun of religion about the unicorns in the bible and stuff, not hating the people. Unless your being sexist to women and children or gays because your beliefs say so. I should know I'm in a community about.atheism and all we do is debate about our point of views about the subject, not hating people unless they are being anti gay or sexist.

Sin Ogaris says:

There is a difference between atheism and antitheism.

iyae says:

No. Its not.

"The silliest religion is the one that people believe there's this big giant universe and it's expanding, it's all gonna collapse on itself and we're all just here just 'cause..... just 'cause'. That, to me, is the most ridiculous explanation ever." - Trey Parker"

NINJA PLZ says:

Yeah and Christians believe in Unicorns, snakes can talk, world made by two people and were all incest and much much more fictional things. There are like about 1800 different gods over human history.

Not sure what your point is bringing up Christians and Unicorns, but you probably were replying to a different comment. No worries.

tbonenga says:

There's a sticker for that.

AndyCalling says:

I really don't think God cares much what name you call him. I find it hard to imagine God the pedant, certainly such would seem hard to praise.

OsamaAdam98 says:

Sup buddy, The religion fight is like 3 comments above.

Dadstar0410 says:

Finally. The built-in messaging through official Facebook app is so bad.

Jack Janik says:

CANNOT CONNECT TO CHAT what does that even mean?? :c

That you cannot connect to chat :D

Pratik Mehta says:

Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy yeaaa

SamiSaifDine says:

GREAT! Now let's wait for Facebook "Blue"

SamiSaifDine says:

: Full featured Facebook app coming with WP8.1 :D

Credo93 says:

Really? From where do you know that? 

tarund says:

I have a feeling it is but for the Facebook Beta. Why else would they not roll out the recent Facebook Beta update? Unless they found a major bug in beta before release, I bet they're delaying to rollout the all new Facebook Beta.

Credo93 says:

I'm sorry i can't follow, did i mis something? Because i didn't know there is an all new Facebook app coming, apart from the current Facebook app and Facebook Beta app? 

tarund says:

Facebook integration will me removed from Windows messaging in WP 8.1. This is a clear sign that Facebook is working on building an official Facebook app for Windows Phone.

Credo93 says:

Hmm interesting, i have never used the built in chat, because it never worked for me.... But is it confirmed that Facebook is currently building the official app for Windows Phone or is this just speculation? That's all i want to know :P 

Just speculation. I scour the internet daily looking for news on all the tech I love. But it does make sense. After all why would Facebook give official support for a messenger app and not the full featured app? That wouldn't make much sense at all! If I had to bet, I'd put my money on a new app being in the works. Something with the awesome performance and functionality as this newly released app :)

Credo93 says:

Yeah i have to agree, it would be stupid only to make a messenger app and not a full featured Facebook app. It does make sence! Thanks for sharing :)

SamiSaifDine says:

It was confirmed! Just look at the channel of WP8.1 leaked videos by: yash : the one that leaked all the new WP8.1 features including Cortana & open the video of "Lumia920 running 8.1" You'll notice That when he opens the camera roll he'll find the ability to upload it via "OneDrive" & Facebook and it's written"Facebook Blue" the same name that was leaked before that is a Full Featured Facebook App!! :D

Yes, Facebook blue is there. But it is still not confirm that it is an official app. And why Official Facebook app is called Facebook 'blue'? Why Facebook use MS internel codename for their official FB app?

I still hope I'm wrong, & that 'blue' word will be removed at RTM. And I also wish it is Official Facebook app form Facebook Inc.

Warbler says:

That was fast! EDIT: Tried for a couple of minutes and now I'm imagining a Facebook app made by Facebook with that quality.

Dadstar0410 says:

The signs are all there.

Jas00555 says:

Facebook finally made an app!

OsamaAdam98 says:

And it doesn't actually suck.

I know, it's amazing what 1st parties can do! Now, I'm just waiting for Paper by Facebook to complete the apps from Facebook that I want...

Dk92 says:

Well, released with swiftness, this was.

achal shetty says:

Developers, I guess its time to stop ignoring us

Dadstar0410 says:

Developers, Developers, Developers!

neyaldrich says:

*Starts clapping*

robbz94 says:

Finally! Hopefully the notifications are instant.

David Ray says:

They are. Its fantastic.

Devmer11 says:

I'm not getting any :/

Sam Sabri says:

You need friends first! :P I keeed I keeed

Devmer11 says:

lol nice one but really i have gotten several messages but the app has yet to notify me even my Built in chat in the hub has stopped working just says "can't connect to chat"

TechAbstract says:

Are you still on Amber or Portico?

Seriously, this app is smooth and good. I'm quite impressed.

ammoiz says:

Bit ugly but hoping it will get better

tarund says:

See, that's the type of feedback developers want. Just utter bullshit.

TJWINS says:

Yeah don't what ammoiz is talking about. This app is gorgeous!

ammoiz says:

I am sorry to say but the bright white background gives me pain in my eyes

MrTimSmith says:

That's your fault for having weak eyes. Turn the brightness down.

aagoten says:

I think ammoiz has a point. Besides, white backgrounds on my phone's AMOLED screen give me the battery-drain-heebie-jeebies.

ammoiz says:

Auto brightness but the fact is that it is way bright unlike Twitter white design.

Devmer11 says:

Yay! It's really good!

OMG, so my theory of MS holding everything to BUILD is failing!!! Hahaha

DJCBS says:

This one was made by Facebook themselves. I guess they finally realized that leaving the development of the apps to Microsoft was a terrible idea. =P

TJWINS says:

Yeah Microsoft has definitely shown incompetence with the Facebook app big time

andreirlopes says:

Microsoft have the best of the intentions here. Screw FB for not having at least tried before, as MS has been done with the social network app that is not theirs, since WP7. But well, this Messenger is good. It's time for FB take care of their things and let MS focous on their own services.

Brandon Ng1 says:

Yessss..im glad it comes to wp.

NINJA PLZ says:

Holy shit Amazed IT CAME

ChardKeryn says:

Nice! WP user's life just got easier!

Desean00 says:

What happened to windows phone 7.8 I'm using the Samsung focus and I'm feeling so left out.

Shimoner01 says:

Happens on every OS eventually, upgrade or get left-out to dry.

TJWINS says:

Lumia 520 is cheap brother

NINJA PLZ says:

Its version 3.0 THE HELL IS THIS!!!!!

deadwrong03 says:

So would it be better on the battery to turn chat off in the messaging hub and use this instead????

TiLoBrown says:

Very good and important question

Jf.Vigor says:

No because this app lights up the screen like July 4th

deadwrong03 says:

So does the chat in the messaging hub when u get a new message

OsamaAdam98 says:

It's at least functional.

Jorge1225 says:

Not good I have I windows phone 7.8 and I don't think is fair that we don't have this app...

Yeah, I also want support for Windows Mobile 6.5! :'(

nuclax says:

I also want messenger for my rock :(

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