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Facebook Messenger for Windows Released

12:40 pm on Dec 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Facebook Messenger for Windows Released [zdnet.com]
Facebook has responded to the leak of its Messenger for Windows application by simply releasing an official download. Itís a great way to downplay the leak while keeping users excited.

Mere hours after Facebook Messenger for Windows leaked, Facebook has released the official desktop client. Facebook contacted me and said the official Messenger for Windows download link is available from fbcdn_dragon-a.akamaihd.net.

Facebook would not confirm the version number with me, but given that the application updates automatically, I think Menlo Park made a decision to officially release it instead of trying to combat the leak. Smart move. This means that the screenshots I put together earlier today still apply: Facebook Messenger for Windows leaks
The application was developed entirely by Facebook and does not constitute a new partnership with Microsoft, which is a big investor in Facebook. Itís not clear if Facebook will offer support for anything before Windows 7, or if it will simply move on towards Windows 8. Clients for Mac and Linux will likely only be released if the Windows 7 version proves popular.

6:00 pm on Dec 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Surprised this seems to have gone under the radar, at least I haven't seen much chatter about it.

I downloaded it and seems quite handy but it's what they can do with a messenger in the future that could get interesting. Maybe a Skype rival is a possibility allowing for calls between "friends".