Back in 2019, Facebook announced their plans to release a Messenger desktop client for Mac computers. The goal was to release it by the end of the year, but that clearly did not happen. However, the good news for those looking for a native desktop experience is that it looks like it is finally happening.
A lot of times, apps are typically designed with a main function in mind. However, over the years, developers tend to add to it where they increase the number of features to it. While sometimes it can be a good thing, other times it can detract from the app’s main purpose and bog it down with unwanted features.
Over the years, apps get updated with new features and UI changes and improvements. However, this isn’t always necessarily for the better because what was once a simple app can eventually get too bloated for its intended purpose. Thankfully, Facebook is looking to trim the fat on its Messenger app.
Facebook had initially built Facebook Messenger directly into the app itself. This meant that as long as you had a Facebook account, you could use the chat feature. However, when Facebook spun Messenger out into its own app, the company had a change of policy where it allowed users to sign up for Messenger using a phone number.
As many of you know, Facebook owns several prominent social media platforms and messaging apps, such as Instagram and WhatsApp. For the most part, they have all managed to stay separate and somewhat independent of each other. However, earlier this year it was reported that Facebook could actually be planning on unifying them.
When it comes to video conferencing calls, screen sharing is a feature that most would expect to see. This is because video conference would typically be used by companies where they might need to collaborate on a document or a presentation remotely, and sharing a screen is how they can go about sharing information with each other.
One of the features of Facebook’s Messenger for Kids is that it prevents the user from chatting with unapproved contacts. This means that kids who use the app will only get to chat with people that they know and approved by their parents, thus preventing strangers from getting in touch with your kids.
Earlier this year, it was rumored that Facebook could be looking to unify some of its apps. This included WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger where the idea was that by unifying them, users could chat across them all at once. This is versus the current situation where each app is standalone and more or less separate from each other.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Facebook was testing out a dark mode for its Messenger app. It was later revealed that users could “secretly” enable the feature with a trick, but the good news is that if you can appreciate dark mode on your apps, Facebook has announced that the feature is now live to all users.
If you’re chatting with someone, sometimes your messages can get lost in the conversation and it might be confusing. However this is an issue that has been solved in some messenger apps, such as WhatsApp which lets you reply to certain messages with a quote to give it better context to the reader.
For the most part most of us would like it if our conversations with others are private. This is why messaging apps these days are starting to introduce end-to-end encryption that prevents messages from being intercepted and read by someone else. Unfortunately for Facebook Messenger, there was a bug that could have allowed someone to see who you are chatting with.
Recently there was a report on how Facebook was planning on unifying its messenger platforms, where they would be updated to share the same underlying infrastructure. The report claims that Facebook had planned to get it done by this year, but it seems that may no longer be a possibility.
Companies like Apple tend to shut down the companies and services that they acquire and fold it into their own products and services. They did this with Workflow, Beats Music, and Texture, just to name a few. Facebook on the other hand seems to be more than happy to let their acquisitions continue operating as it is.
Back in November last year, Facebook started to roll out an “unsend” feature for some of its Messenger users. The rollout was limited at that time, but it looks like Facebook is pushing out the feature to more of its users, at least according to a post on Reddit by saras112 who posted a screenshot showing the feature available on their device.