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Facebook Takes On Microsoft, Skype With Windows Client

(ed : Facebook got in touch with us with the following statement. We encourage readers to learn more about the app in the Facebook Help Center here. They can also find the updated download link within the Help Center or at the link here.)

The world's biggest social networking website, Facebook, is set to launch a new Windows-based, desktop application called Facebook Messenger which will compete with Yahoo Messenger, GTalk, Skype and Microsoft Live Messenger.

Israel-based TechIT (opens in new tab) disclosed the download link for the application yesterday and Facebook itself has confirmed that the application has been in testing since November.

The most significant features include chat, ticket feed and notification, but apparently no video feature and no cross platform compatibility with Skype.

Facebook has released dedicated applications for most platforms like iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone.

This version is optimised for Windows 7 but does not come with pinning capabilities and doesn't require users to log in Facebook.com.

This means that users should be able to access the social networking website even if the site is blacklisted by system administrators.

Facebook now has more than 800 million active users with each of them having on average 130 friends, and more than 400 million logging onto Facebook every day, with a significant amount coming through their mobile devices.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.