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Facebook Messenger Officially Launched

Want to procrastinate more than ever? Well now you can, with Facebook Messenger for Windows.

Social networking site Facebook has officially launched Messenger for Windows, a standalone app that lets you contact your friends via the use of an instant messaging service on Windows 7.

Previewed towards the end of 2011, whilst the previous version was made available following a tech release leak, it's been announced that today's version is the real deal.

An email by a Facebook spokesperson to Venturebeat explained: “The app was largely built by our engineering team based in Seattle.”

The office in Seattle was opened a couple of years back, with Facebooker Ari Steinberg commenting that the location of the site was chosen for its "strong history of innovation and is home to thousands of talented technical people who we want to help us solve the challenges of designing and building the next generation of Facebook."

“Our focus is to enable people to access Messenger from the platform of their choice,” the Facebook rep further commented. Currently, the app is only live for Windows users, however it's rumoured that plans for a Mac app are currently in the pipeline. Whilst nothing has been confirmed for a Linux version, the app is available for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS handsets.

“You can see the latest updates from your friends in Ticker on Messenger,” explained the Facebook spokesperson, “so you will see the items you would see in Ticker — tags, comments and more. The notifications you see are the same you would see when access and are based on your notification settings.”

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and joins ITProPortal with just over a year's experience under her online belt. A copywriter by day and a freelance writer by night/weekend, Mariel is an avid volunteer - lending her charitable services throughout the world. Specialising in social media, apps, and video games, Mariel hopes to intertwine her love of technology with the English language to produce amusing anecdotes of ambiguous algorithms and alliteration