Facebook launches desktop version of Messenger as video calls surge


As the whole nation is on lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus, video calling and conferencing is what keeps us going and, on Thursday, Facebook, rolled out the desktop version of its Messenger app for Apple’s Mac and Microsoft’s Windows to make video chats available on computer screens for Facebook users.

The move comes as the use of videoconferencing apps like Zoom have soared, with corporate offices, school districts, organizations and millions across the world working from home after lockdowns were enforced.

Facebook had announced the plan for the desktop version last year while unveiling steps to refashion itself into a private messaging company.

The social network, on Thursday, noted that it saw more than a 100 per cent jump in people using their desktop browser for audio and video calling on Messenger over the past month.

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