Facebook’s push towards presenting Messenger as an independent platform for pretty much evident during its recently concluded F8 conference. While Facebook focused on the mobile part of messenger then, the social networking giant is now releasing a standalone desktop interface for Messenger, today.
Facebook today launched Messenger.com, a dedicated chat interface to be used instead of your usual Facebook chat. It’s rolling out worldwide for English users, with support for more languages to come soon.
While Messenger’s web interface isn’t something strikingly different from the usual chat, but it still serves a better purpose, specially for those who are concerned with decrease in productivity due to the irrelevant social chaos which pops up every now and then while chatting.
The standalone interface packs in all the features present in your current Facebook chat. But then again, you can use Messenger as a platform, similar to the mobile version – apps for which were showcased by Facebook in its F8 developer conference.
While functions like HD video calls, audio call recording, photograph/file sharing,etc aren’t immediately available, but they’ll soon make an appearance considering the freedom which Facebook now enjoys, ever since it spun off Messenger as a separate platform.
Upon opening the messenger web interface, you get an expanded, high resolution view of your mobile messenger. On the right hand side is the giant white screen to display your conversations, while on the left is the listing of all of your contacts, similar to how Messenger looks on your smartphones.
However, one interesting feature within Web messenger is its desktop notifications. The notification consists of a small pop-up, which comes up as soon as you receive a message. While that is available with other similar web clients, features such as this and more to come will eventually help Facebook differentiate Messenger, and in fact get ahead as compared to other chat/SMS/texting options.
By the looks of it, messeger.com will now also function as the central resource point for both developers as well as users, to know or build anything on the messenger platform.