Amid the COVID- 19 stress when more and more people are being forced to stay home during this time, Facebook Messenger Launches Desktop App to capitalize off the lack of physical interaction by launching a new desktop app for macOS and Windows to enable users to video chat on the computer and to stay connected with their friends and family all over the world. 

The new desktop app enables users to make group video calls on a larger screen, while multitasking on other things on your computer. Though this app isn’t feasible for a corporate environment, it will make chatting with your current Facebook friends even easier.

Facebook Messenger Launches Desktop App

Facebook Messenger Launches Desktop App

Over the past month, Facebook saw more than a 100 per cent increase in people using their desktop browser for audio and video calling on Messenger. Now with apps for MacOS and Windows, the best of Messenger is coming to desktop, including unlimited and free group video calls.

Key highlights of the Messenger desktop app

  • Group video calls: You can stay in touch with family and friends on a much larger screen compared to using a smartphone.
  • Easy to connect: If you’re connected with someone on Facebook, then you’re connected on Messenger. No need to have a phone number, email, or sign up to a new service.
  • Multitasking: It’s easy to have Messenger open in one window while you do other things on your computer. Something that’s not possible on a smartphone.
  • Notifications: Notifications are available on desktop, but you can still choose to snooze or mute them if you prefer.
  • Chat syncing: You can easily switch between devices without losing any of your Messenger history.
  • Includes all the same Messenger features : Such as Dark Mode and GIFs which users already know.
Facebook Messenger Launches Desktop App

Why Zoom falls short compared to Facebook Messenger

So here are some of the shortcomings why Facebook Messenger is better than Zoom,

  • Zoom’s group calls are limited to 100 participants only.
    • Facebook Messenger allows unlimited participants.
  • Group meetings on Zoom are limited to 40 minutes only.
    • There is no time limit on Facebook Messenger group video calls.
  • For many people, Zoom is a new service to sign up for users.
    • Billions of people are already on Facebook, nothing new to sign up for users.

Conclusion

It goes without saying that the release of this new group video chat comes as Facebook’s response to the rise of video conferencing apps like Zoom, Skype and Google Hangouts due to the current situation. That said, the Messenger app is a good alternative to use as a majority of people across the globe are using Facebook to keep in touch with each other.


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