Facebook brings Messenger to desktop with free unlimited group video calls

Facebook has announced the arrival of Facebook Messenger – its standalone chat app – on desktop with unlimited support for video group chat.

As more and more people begin using video conferencing due to the coronavirus, the move from Facebook seems sensible and will pit it against the likes of Zoom, Google Hangouts and Microsoft Teams.

Facebook is launching Messenger on both Windows and MacOS and says chats will sync across mobile and desktop.

‘Now more than ever, people are using technology to stay in touch with the people they care about, even when physically apart,’ wrote Stan Chudnovsky, VP of Messenger, in a blog post.

‘Over the past month, we saw more than a 100% 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.’

The app works with your existing Facebook account so you’ll need to be friends and have connected with someone else in order to chart to them. Which may or may not be useful for office colleagues – we’ll leave that up to you.

All you have to do to download the app is search for it in the Windows Store or Mac App Store.

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