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Facebook features Messenger for Windows 7 is Official

Image by Dekuwa via FlickrFacebook has done it’s darndest to take over your digital life. The massively popular social network has your photos, videos, a news feed, apps and games and even instant messaging. Seeking further ubiquity, Facebook is bringing its Facebook Messenger IM feature to Windows 7 as a desktop download.

While Facebook Messenger may play second fiddle to chat services such as Google’s Gchat, Facebook Messenger has amassed a horde of dedicated users — not to mention the millions of people that use Facebook every day.

Of course, the software isn’t entirely surprising. Facebook Messenger for Windows 7 was recently leaked to the interwebs as a private, unauthorized download. Facebook is fighting fire with fire by releasing an official version of the download which you can get here through a direct download. Facebook Messenger has been available as a mobile app for some time but this is the first (official) release for a Windows desktop.

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The Windows app looks almost identical to the chat bar on Facebook.com. Users can permanently dock the chat bar on their home screen or access chat via the Windows system tray.

Users get notifications when friends want to chat. Friend activity is also shown, however clicking on these items will take you to a web browser. The same goes for messages in your Facebook inbox.

The chat bar is meant as a chat client and as such many of Facebook‘s features are disabled. For example, you can accept pending friend requests but if you want to search for new friends or check profiles you’ll need to go to Facebook.com. Facebook says the chat bar is a trial application so expect updates and changes (it is Facebook, after all).

Download Facebook Messenger for Windows as a standalone desktop app with which you can use without visiting the website facebook.com. Facebook released the new Facebook messenger as a trial app and you can download and try it right now

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As you surf the web, you can use the Facebook Messenger for Facebook Chat with your Facebook friends, see the latest updates from your friends in ticker and get quick Facebook updates and notifications.

After installing Facebook Messenger, you can easily do Facebook login and logout by right-clicking the Facebook icon in Windows system tray. Once you open the app, the app is undocked by default so that you can move it around your computer screen, but you can dock the app and fix it on the screen also.

Choose the “Keep me logged in” option and Messenger will keep you logged in to Facebook even after you close your browser or navigate away from Facebook. Remember, choosing Exit will close the app but still keep you logged into Facebook; therefore choose Log out to completely logout of both the Messenger app and facebook.com, especially if your computer has multiple users or public use.

Facebook Messenger has some limitations – unlike the website login, you cannot perform Facebook Chat with multiple friends, video calling, limit chat availability and edit settings as of now. You will need to go to your browser and login for that.

Download Facebook Messenger (.exe file). This will download a small .exe file, click that and it will download and install Facebook Messenger. The app will automatically install updates in future. Since this is a trial app, be ready to expect outages and periods of instability at times. System requirement says you need Windows 7 (but I was easily able to download on my Windows Vista). Facebook MessengerYou can uninstall Facebook Messenger anytime from Windows Control Panel.

You can also download Facebook Messenger App for mobile phones (available for Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone)

The download currently doesn’t support video or voice calling though these features will have to be added if Facebook wants to stay competitive. Does Facebook Messenger have legs? Let us know your thoughts below.

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