After announcing that Facebook would be transforming its Messenger instant messaging application into a development platform, it has now brought the previously mobile-only application to the web at www.messenger.com.
Already just available by web program inside the main Facebook webpage, the new website takes the look and feel of the iOS Messenger application and brings it to the desktop-using masses; a sizeable bit of their client base. As of March of this year, the portable application has 600 million monthly active clients, keeping it in close rivalry with WhatsApp and clearing out all others. As WhatsApp launched its web application not long ago, this release brings Messenger closer to equality with the dedicated instant messaging service.
As indicated by a Facebook representative, the organization has no arrangements to remove messaging from its core site however messenger.com is a route for clients to visit with their Facebook friends “without alternate diversions that Facebook can give.” This seems to be inline with the recents announcements of Facebook Mobile Payments and using Messenger as a platform in its own right, allowing developers access to the hundreds of million Facebook chat clients.
The site itself is very bare bones, with no advertisements of any kind currently damaging its white background, much like the iPad application it takes its cues from. It has symbols to support audio and video calling also.
Messenger.com is launching for English clients worldwide today and will roll out in different languages in the coming weeks.