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Windows Phone gets Facebook Messenger app

Windows Phone users should now have access to the Facebook Messenger app for unlimited and free talking with friends. Owners of a device running on Microsoft’s OS will now be free to download Facebook’s chat service from the Windows Phone Store.

Facebook users on Windows Phone can communicate with friends through the regular app but a dedicated messenger service is also available. Some Windows Phone owners are happy that Facebook Messenger is now available on their platform, but others have questioned why it is needed and being celebrated, branding it pointless.

It was only last week that Facebook Messenger was pulled from Windows, with the company stating that they could no longer offer the chat client as a desktop app. Windows Phone is the last mobile platform to get Facebook Messenger, quite a while after iOS and Android as usual. A lack of support from developers does not help, with Microsoft previously considering allowing Android apps on board to help.


The news was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, the app has been built to function with Windows Phone 8. This has been heavily criticized by users will running Windows Phone 7 on older devices. So far feedback left on the app very been very positive with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 724 reviews.

Windows Phone owners can also look ahead to this summer when they will be getting the BBM app for their platform too. Microsoft are also readying their Cortana voice assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, the equivalent to Apple’s Siri. Things are starting to look better for mobile owners on Windows Phone, are you happy with what you are getting from Microsoft’s OS?

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Written by Matt Tran

Matt has a passion for technology, gaming and social media, whether its using it or writing about it. He joins the Product Reviews team having graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2013, after completing an honours degree in Building Surveying. Matt will mostly keep you in the loop on gaming, tech and gadget news.

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