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Facebook Messenger app finally arrives on Windows Phone

Facebook Messenger has landed on Windows Phone, so you can whizz over to Microsoft’s app store and download it now (opens in new tab).

The app has been available for some time on Android and iOS, and Microsoft had recently promised (at MWC last week (opens in new tab)) that it wouldn’t be long in coming to Windows Phone. And while we were thinking it would be a few weeks away, it has turned up pretty sharpish indeed.

So what does it do? Well, as the name suggests it facilitates your Facebook chats, but also adds some extra bells and whistles. For example, it introduces stickers to embellish your social network chin-wagging, plus you can share photos (and there’s location sharing, too).

The app also allows for group chats, and it lets you see who is active on Messenger, and who is active on Facebook at any given time.

And that’s pretty much your lot. Thus far, the app seems to have gone down well with the limited number of people who have rated it, achieving a 5-star average over 72 reviews (as of the time of writing).

The new app comes ahead of the Windows Phone 8.1 update which is expected to be revealed at Build next month (opens in new tab). The upgrade is set to feature Microsoft’s answer to Siri, called Cortana, and we reported on a leaked video this morning (opens in new tab) which shows off Redmond’s new voice assistant.

Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.