Vice president of Messenger Stan Chudnovsky said in a blog post, “Now more than ever, people are using technology to stay in touch with the people they care about, even when physically apart. Over the past month, we saw more than a 100% increase in people using their desktop browser for audio and video calling on Messenger. Now with apps for MacOS and Windows, the best of Messenger is coming to desktop, including unlimited and free group video calls.”
He also highlighted some of the features provided by the new desktop apps.
People can enjoy group video calls on larger screens than smartphones or tablets.
Connection with Facebook friends is easy, as people do not need to know their friends’ email addresses or phone numbers.
Chats are easily accessible, and users can pop in and out of the app while doing other things on their desktops.
Notifications are sent when new messages arrive, but users have control over them and can mute and snooze them.
Chats sync across mobile and desktop.
Chudnovsky concluded, “We hope the Messenger desktop app will make it a little bit easier for people to stay in touch with friends and loved ones during this time. Stay home, but stay connected.”