Microsoft has undoubtedly been working very hard to close what’s known as the “app-gap” between its mobile platform and rivals like iOS and Android. Just a few months back it confirmed that popular apps like Vine and Instagram were finally making their way to Windows Phone. Today Microsoft’s Windows Phone VP Joe Belfiore confirmed at the press & analyst event ahead of Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona that the standable Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone 8 is going to be released soon.

He said that the app will be available in the Windows Phone Store within weeks, adding that Microsoft has been working with Facebook to test out the implementation for a while and “it’s looking good,” reiterating once again that the app will be available for their customers soon. Obviously users can chat with their Facebook friends using the official app itself, but the standalone Messenger app offers additional features such as direct delivery to users, ability to send voice recordings, stickers and more. The app has been available for iOS and Android for quite some time now, WP is merely playing catch up by having it come over to its platform. Facebook users on Windows Phone would be grateful though, particularly if they’ve been wishing for this app to drop.

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