Facebook Kills Popular Messenger App for PCs
March 1, 2014 4:01 PM
comment(s) - last by
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).
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
this article is at best misleading, at worst wrong
3/2/2014 10:54:52 AM
Hello! Facebook updates their windows app almost every week!! They are clearly invested in windows and are NOT killing support for windows users at all! I use their windows app for messaging every single day. I just snap it to the left side of my monitor and then go to messaging. And I keep my desktop on the other 3/4 of my screen. It is a great experience. Its clear that Facebook just didnt want to develop that and their old desktop program at the same time, which makes perfect sense.
RE: this article is at best misleading, at worst wrong
3/2/2014 11:16:43 AM
to run this. What's the usage share on that again?
In comparison, Windows 7 is just under
and XP is just under
Doesn't sound like FB is supporting Windows if it's abandoning close to 90% of the Windows desktops.
RE: this article is at best misleading, at worst wrong
3/2/2014 11:21:11 PM
O if only there were some other way to Facebook chat on Win7! Alas, alas, what ever will we doooooo?!?!?!
"DailyTech is the best kept secret on the Internet." -- Larry Barber
Microsoft Confirms Plans to Repair Windows 8.1
February 23, 2014, 3:45 PM
WhatsApp-ening?? Facebook Purchases WhatsApp Messaging Service for $16B
February 19, 2014, 5:47 PM
FTC Launches Probe Into Facebook's $1 Billion Instagram Acquisition
May 11, 2012, 10:37 AM
Ex-Microsofter Ray Ozzie Warns Microsoft: "We are in a "Post-PC' World'
March 8, 2012, 11:28 AM
CNN Money Says Microsoft's Consumer Brand is "Dying"
October 27, 2010, 2:08 PM
"World's Smallest Chess Code" is a Cheating Novice (But Still Kind of Lovable)
January 28, 2015, 2:24 PM
Microsoft's Windows 10 Now Has "Over 2 Million" Public Testers
January 28, 2015, 9:25 AM
Quick Note: With Windows 10, the Windows Source Hits Build 10,000
January 20, 2015, 2:05 PM
Microsoft Kills "Mainstream Support" Windows 7
January 13, 2015, 1:01 PM
Windows 10's "Spartan" IE11 Variant Will Get Firefox/Chrome-Like Extensions
December 30, 2014, 1:30 PM
Cortana, Xbox App, OneDrive Apps/Settings Backup Added to Windows 10 Build
December 15, 2014, 3:43 PM
Most Popular Articles
Google Fixes Homophobic "Bug" in its Translator
January 27, 2015, 2:31 PM
Ancient Aliens? 11.2 Billion Year Old Solar System Discovered
January 29, 2015, 12:09 PM
Under the Hood: How DirectX 11.3 and 12 Will Supercharge Windows 10 Gaming
January 23, 2015, 12:34 PM
Dual-Motor Tesla Model S P85D's "Insane Mode" Shocks Passengers
January 28, 2015, 11:18 PM
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Packs 640 hp Punch with 200 mph Reach
January 23, 2015, 3:25 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information