Hypothetical situation: You want to be on Facebook 24/7, but you don't want to keep your browser open. Facebook sees your problem, and raises you a Windows 7 desktop client, which includes Chat, the News Ticker and notifications. Today, Facebook rolled out this new messenger to a limited number of users. This real-time messenger for Windows ticker plus chat desktop client is one way to focus solely on the messaging aspects of Facebook.
The Windows Live Messenger desktop client, which includes both Facebook friends and friends from third-party IM services, is a top app on Facebook. It has 18.2 million daily active users, according to AppData.
This past August, Facebook launched Messenger, its dedicated messenger app for Android and iOS. This was yet another step in its messaging philosophy, which aims to encompass three main ideas: seamless messaging, conversation history and the "social inbox." Facebook has taken similar steps toward a unified messaging platform with its acquisition of group messaging startup Beluga. By November, Beluga had been shut down, and the developers behind it were expanding Facebook Messenger.
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