Facebook Testing Messenger for Windows Ticker+Chat Desktop Client
Have you downloaded Facebook’s Chat instant Messenger for your Windows 7 Desktop? not yet, don’t worry, Facebook is currently preparing a desktop app for its Messenger offering, with a limited allocation of users already testing the integrated IM client.
A simple chat application, it will also allow users to check the Ticker Feed and of cource, those all-important Notifications as well.
Facebook currently allowing a limited test group of users to download the new Facebook Messenger for Windows 7 desktop client. Facebook is looking to measure interest in desktop access to these real-time features that could keep users engaged with the service all the day without having to keep a browser window open. This client could become more popular, considering that the Facebook-integrated Windows Live Messenger desktop client that lets you Chat with your friends as well as the third-party instant messaging contacts is the top app on the Facebook Platform with an 18.2 million daily active users.
There were news reports on the HTC-created Facebook phone codenamed Buffy was in motion, but the particular move isn’t expected until the 2013 at the very earliest. It’s no secret that Facebook is pushing to get more users onto its Chat service. This summer, it released its standalone Messenger app for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry as new distribution points for Chat. Through Messenger, Facebook is challenging instant messaging, SMS and to some extent, email. Anyhow, none of the other Messenger clients include the Ticker, which displays links back to Facebook.com.
According to Techcrunch:
By paring Facebook down to just its real-time elements, users may leave Messenger for Windows on throughout the day. This would expose them to desktop notifications about Facebook activity that could increase engagement with the site better than leaving a browser window open. If the Windows 7 version gains traction, clients for Mac and other operating systems could be on the way.