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Facebook to kill Messenger apps for Windows and Firefox on March 3

Facebook is shutting down its dedicated desktop Messenger clients for Windows and Firefox this coming Monday, March 3rd.

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Facebook is killing off its dedicated client for Windows desktops starting March 3, 2014. This comes after the social network announced that it is likewise shutting down its facebook.com email service, which provides all users with a @facebook.com email address. That particular move was done because the interface was not user-friendly enough, and because the chat-oriented Messenger service was more in-demand.

There was no reason cited for killing of the Facebook Messenger client for Windows, although it came just three days after the social network announced it was working on a dedicated Messenger app for Windows Phone. “We’ve been working with Facebook testing out their implementation for a while,” says Microsoft corporate vice president and Windows Phone manager, Joe Belfiore in a media conference at MWC 2014.

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Facebook has confirmed to The Next Web that the company is “notifying people who use Facebook Messenger for Windows that it will no longer be available as of March 3.” In addition, the social network is likewise shutting down Messenger for Firefox, also on the same day. “We’re sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger for Firefox, and it will stop working on March 3, 2014,” a notice on the app informs users.

This news comes after Facebook’s $19B acquisition of mobile messaging app WhatsApp, and the meteoric rise of its own standalone Messenger app for Android and iOS. While there have been earlier speculations that Facebook might have a dedicated OS X app in the works for its messenger service, it would now seem that the company is focusing on its mobile efforts, as well as sticking with its strategy of compartmentalizing its offerings, including Messenger for chats, Instagram for social photo sharing, and Paper, its latest mobile-oriented app meant for accessing the News Feed.

Source: The Next Web

J. Angelo Racoma
J. Angelo Racoma has written extensively about mobile, social media, enterprise apps and startups. Angelo develops business case studies for Microsoft enterprise applications and services. He is also co-founder at WorkSmartr, a small outsourcing team.

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