With a view to expand its user base, Facebook has now released a dedicated Messenger client on the Web that has now been rolling out for its worldwide users. The Web version of Facebook Messenger is initially available in English and is yet to be accessible in India.
Facebook Messenger on the Web does not currently work as a standalone Messenger platform that Mark Zuckerberg had showcased at the F8 developer conference. This means that users cannot use any third-party integrations.
However, the new Messenger client is designed to let users access Facebook Messenger in an easier way than before. Users simply need to use their Facebook credentials to log in to the new client and then get the same experience that they were earlier had on their Android, iOS or Windows Phone running smartphones.
Apart from sending and receiving text messages and some emoji, Facebook Messenger on the Web allows users to make and receive voice or video calls by clicking the Call button from the top-right side of the screen. There is also an option to send and receive images, stickers and GIFs.
Similar to other messaging apps such as WeChat and Skype, Facebook Messenger provides desktop notifications in the form of pop-ups on the screen. Users can right now only click on those notifications to open the messages, but sometime in the future, there would be some other options also available.
The release of Facebook Messenger on the Web seems like a step further to gain in the race of instant messaging. Earlier this year, Facebook-owned WhatsApp introduced WhatsApp Web client that also works in the similar manner as of the new Messenger client.