​Facebook's Windows 10 Messenger app pops up in Microsoft's Store

Facebook has posted details of its new Windows 10 Messenger app in Microsoft's Store, suggesting it will be available for download soon.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer

Facebook describes the app as supporting notifications and includes live tile integration to flag up waiting messages.

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Facebook has posted details of its universal Windows 10 Messenger app on Microsoft's Windows Store, but the beta isn't yet available to download.

The new Messenger app popped up in Microsoft's Store on Thursday, a day after details of it were leaked by an Italian Windows fan site, revealing features and the fact it's for tablets and PCs.

The Windows 10 Messenger app looks broadly similar to Messenger for the iPad and offers the same features that Windows 10 users could have accessed through the browser version of Messenger.

However, as per Facebook's description, the app also supports notifications and includes live tile integration to flag up waiting messages.

In addition users will be able send photos, videos, GIFs, as well as use stickers. The app will indicate when a recipient has seen the message. It also features groups and search.

The app isn't yet available for download but at least Facebook has now posted official screenshots of what the app looks like when it does arrive.

Facebook told Venture Beat that it has been testing the Windows 10 app with a "small percentage of people in a few countries".

ZDNet has asked Facebook when the app will actually be ready to install and whether a Windows 10 mobile app is also in the works, but has yet to receive a response. The current Messenger for Windows mobile does support Windows 10 mobile but it's fairly dated.

A new Messenger app for Windows 10 mobile devices may not be unrealistic, given Facebook's launch this week of the Instagram beta for Windows 10 mobile devices.

The Windows 10 Messenger app has been a long time coming. In October, Microsoft announced Messenger would be coming to Windows 10, quoting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as saying the social network was "all in on Windows 10".

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