Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone 8 now available for download

By Alexandra Burlacu | Mar 05, 2014 07:30 AM EST

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The Windows Phone platform is gaining new apps, as the Facebook Messenger service is ready to come its way.

Microsoft promised back at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 that it was bringing Facebook Messenger to its Windows Phone platform and the company has now made good on its word. Windows Phone is now expanding its horizons and offering users a new means of communicating with others.

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Owners of devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone platform can now grab the Facebook Messenger app from the Windows Phone Store as a free download. The app itself weighs in at 4MB and will not work on software versions older than Windows Phone 8.

Facebook Messenger offers nearly the same functionality on Windows Phone 8 as it does on other platforms, although it seems that this version lacks an option for sending voice messages.

What you fill find, however, is location sharing and stickers, as well as the ability to see who is online, or start and participate in group chats. You will also be able to import contacts and add them to the app. Facebook Messenger for Windows is currently covering the most common languages across the globe, with 31 languages now available.

"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 touts in its announcement on Wednesday, March 5. "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."

As expected, the interface itself is different and quite unique compared to the app's versions for other platforms, as it is distinctly based on Windows Phone's design. It's also worth mentioning that Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone exists and operates separately from the main Facebook app.

If Microsoft keeps all of the promises it made back at MWC 2014 last month, Windows Phone is about to get even more apps in the near future. In the meantime, you can head over to the Microsoft Phone Store and download the Facebook Messenger app.



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