Facebook will soon launch its Messenger app for desktop

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Facebook announced today that it would soon launch Messenger, its popular messaging client, to Mac and Windows later this year. Facebook made the announcement at its F8 developer conference in San Jose, California.

In a statement Facebook said: “People want to seamlessly message from any device, and sometimes they just want a little more space to share and connect with the people they care about most.”

The desktop version of Messenger will include audio calls, group video calls, and other features that are familiar from the mobile version. It’s likely based on Messenger.com, a web-based version of Facebook Messenger that has long been a faster alternative to using Messenger from Facebook’s web interface.

The desktop app is now in testing and will arrive globally later this year, the company said.