Facebook Kills Popular Messenger App for PCs
March 1, 2014 4:01 PM
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Android and iPhone are Facebook's priorities, other platforms are second class citizens
Unless you're on Apple Inc.'s (
) iOS or Google Inc.'s (
) Android OS, Facebook, Inc. (
) considers you a second class user.
That's the message Facebook is sending as the second birthday of its Messenger app for Microsoft Corp. (
) Windows and Firefox approaches.
Facebook has already refused to release Messenger for alternative smartphone platforms such as Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry Ltd.'s (
) BlackBerry 10, or Firefox OS. Now it's preparing to further narrow its user base, by killing off support for its two most popular Windows messaging clients which interface with its
Facebook Chat instant messaging system
-- its standalone desktop Messenger for Windows, and its in-window Messenger browser app/extension for Firefox.
The odd part about this decision is that its clients seemed to have just improved in the last month or two with the release of a patch that made user-sent pictures and icons work properly (before only a handful showed up correctly in the standalone desktop app).
The decision will likely disappoint Windows users as Facebook Messenger is reportedly
the most popular PC messaging app
The standalone client feels responsive and easy to use, where as running Facebook chat within a standard browser session feels far less responsive and occupies a unnecessary amount of screen real estate.
In an even more surprising move rather than simply dropping support and letting these apps quietly die, Facebook's post says that it will make them "stop working". By the sound of it, Facebook will kill the messaging backbone for PC app clients.
Currently you can access Facebook Chat using certain third party Windows messenger apps, such as Pidgin. But the reality is that these apps often struggle to support Facebook's protocols and typically offer no support for its more advanced features such as picture/icon messaging.
In theory these could now serve as alternatives to Facebook's soon-to-be-defunct app. But given Facebook's announcement that the desktop client will "stop working", it sounds like third party clients may lose support as well.
This is a terrific opportunity for rivals such as AOL, Inc. (
) (who makes AIM) and Microsoft (who makes Windows Messenger) as Facebook is basically surrendering the PC market to them.
The decision is rather baffling that Facebook would throw away popular, working products and turn away a major part of its userbase.
Facebook believes the Windows PC is dying; mobile is the future.
But with recent acquisitions such as its
$1B USD purchase of Instagram
(April 2012) and its
$16B USD purchase of WhatsApp
(Feb. 2014) Facebook has become increasingly mobile oriented. And it appears that it's joined the crowd of those who believe
we're entering a post-PC era
and is being proactive in phasing out PC support.
It's a risky move --
if Windows recovers
Facebook will suffer, but
if Windows dies as many believe it will
, Facebook will have picked the winning team (Google and Apple).
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3/1/2014 7:38:02 PM
Here's a thought: Facebook has been dying off for years now. I mean who over the age of 22 really uses this crap anymore? The fad is LONG over and now we just have marketer drones and bored housewives on there. If you are an active facebook user you are guaranteed to also be a regular douche. I think in general the Windows Phone platform is more adult, more corporate and far less gimmicky. WP8 is an amazing platform and I see it growing by a lot. There are 250k apps and all the stuff the normal person needs. I use about 10 apps and have not went to the app store in 6 months... (I have a life). I think these social media apps and sites need to stick with their demographic and Windows Phone is simply not it.... thankfully!
RE: So what?
3/1/2014 11:19:30 PM
You know I hope you're a sociopath. If not you really must be miserable.
Here's another thought: Go use your corporate adult douche phone and check the app store once in a while. They might invent a miracle app that might help you to return from dementia to society.
RE: So what?
3/2/2014 2:33:49 AM
You're a moron.
RE: So what?
3/2/2014 2:07:24 PM
I have to agree with RjBass on this one... you really must be a moron.
Just a disclaimer... I don't use FB. I deleted my account (yes, I know they keep the info) and setup one with no identifying info, no friends, no f'ing game requests, etc. for use on sites that force FB sign-in. Years ago FB got me in touch with people that I hadn't spoken to in 15 years, otherwise I had/have no use for it.
Even with the above in mind, considering regular FB users to be douches is... disturbing. I'm guessing your post is simply a troll. In that case -1 to me for replying. Otherwise, your post smacks of elitism, unadulterated ignorance, and blatant stupidity while at the same time filling me with joy that people like you (based solely on your comment) aren't in my life aside from random tripe at the bottom of a Comments section.
In short, thank you for helping me remember the people at the bottom of the barrel, indicating how much it must suck down there, and reinforcing how much better it is up here.
Thank you for your time.
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