Facebook Messenger launches on Windows Phone 8
There's group conversation and location sharing support. You can see who's read your messages, who's using Messenger, who's active on Facebook, and who's who in general. You can have notifications on and off at your will, and keep your conversation history and contacts backed on your phone.
The app looks exactly how the screenshots depict it, and runs very smoothly. It's separated in two screens - "recent" and "messenger". There's a minimum amount of buttons to navigate and text your way through the app. There's also a very handy feature that lets you browse your friend list by the first letter of your contacts' names.
However, if you don't have friends that start with "A", for example, the app won't waste your time with an empty screen, but it will visually indicate there are no A-names to be found in your address book.
Overall, Facebook Messenger was worth the wait. It's polished, lightweight, and shows Facebook gave it the necessary attention. You can download it from the link below.
Download FB Messenger: Windows Phone 8
1. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 796; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
I'm guessing Chat Heads aren't available. Not sure if good or bad for me
16. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
For me, the bad side of chat heads is that it take too much room on the screen and if the keyboard is on I almost can't see nothing of the conversation
2. cripton805 (Posts: 997; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Well that took a while. Windows should influence social media a little more since it's the "hype" right now.
14. Xen0F0rm (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)
It's been rather unneeded as all of my facebook chat goes to my Text inbox anyways... I'm sure this is how it is on most phones not sure why there needs to be a dedicated app for this.
4. sakurorhino (Posts: 47; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)
Not on the same Level as Android
Android version is still billion times better and fast and.smooth
7. Gemmol (Posts: 563; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
You tried it on your windows phone or you just saying that to stir up trouble in the comment section
10. HASHTAG (Posts: 183; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)
Likely the second part of your comment. I have a WP, and the app is fast and smooth as it is on Android. Yeah, it may not be on the same level as Android, as it just released, but it's so far a good app. Doesn't support chat heads, but I honestly don't care for that feature.
6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1029; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
app look neat and polished and works...
but i like the built-in one. the one which comes integrated within the people hub.
people hub is one of the coolest thing on WP.
8. Gemmol (Posts: 563; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
I came to windows at the right time with the Lumia 1520 release, every app I needed came right around the corner, so it made my transition from note 3 to Lumia 1520 easy. I am not missing anything important now, but once 8.1 drop people should have no excuse to not join Windows.....I want to try out Cortana never had a iPhone to try Siri since I been with android for a long time
17. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
We do not see so many open minded people here
9. sip1995 (Posts: 945; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
F##K Yeah, now bring us the Facebook paper.
12. papss (unregistered)
Two words... Peoples hub
15. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 868; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
I used to use the integrated Chat capabilities, but I have since disabled it. I do not like FB messenger or messages. I don't even use it on the web browser.
I will not download this on any WP device I have, but I am glad it is here. I know many that will make use of it.