In addition to creating mobile apps for smartphones to access Facebook Chat/Messages, it looks like the social network is targeting the desktop pc/laptop market as well. It has been reported that Facebook has been testing a Windows-based Facebook Messenger client that lets people chat with their friends on their computers without having to open up Facebook in a web browser.
While a lot of 3rd party apps have been doing this for some time now, most of them are universal chat clients i.e. Digsby, Trillian, or IM clients that have Facebook support i.e. Skype, MSN Live Messenger which work fine – but are full of features that Facebook-only users won’t use. Facebook’s dedicated chat app addresses this issue by only supporting Facebook chat system.
In addition to supporting chat, the Facebook Messenger app includes notifications, new friend requests and even the live ticker for you to stay updated with your friends’ activities. And the best part about this news? The download link to download this private demo version of the app is now available for the public to download, thanks to the folks over at techit.co.it. At the moment the app is Windows 7/Vista only, but give it a try and let us know what you think.