Facebook making desktop software for Mac, Windows with new Seattle-based team

In this era of browser apps and mobile devices, here’s some news that cuts against the grain. A new Facebook development team, based in the company’s fledgling Seattle engineering office, will be making desktop software for the social networking giant.

Desktop, as in machines that sit on your desk. Software, as in bits of code installed on the hard drives of said machines. Ring any bells? No, didn’t think so.

At any rate, this being Facebook, it’s safe to assume that even the company’s desktop software will be appropriately webified. Here’s how Facebook describes the initiative in the job posting that spilled the beans on the new team.

“The desktop software team is a new team at Facebook based out of Seattle, WA. We will be working on new products that we expect to deliver to millions of users’ computers to help make their entire computing experience more social. Facebook is seeking experienced Software Engineers in Seattle to join this team.”

First to spot the listing was MG Siegler at TechCrunch, who laments that Facebook hasn’t first developed an iPad app.

Particularly interesting is the part of the listing about making the entire computing experience more social. It’s also notable that the team is based in the backyard of Microsoft, that traditional bastion of desktop software.

Ari Steinberg, the Facebook engineer who heads up the Seattle office, didn’t offer any more specifics on the team but noted via email that it’s one of a number of projects being developed at Facebook Seattle, in areas including mobile, ads, chat infrastructure and the Facebook Platform. In general, he said, Facebook teams are small — teams in Seattle average three to four local teammates — and this one will be no different.

The job listing says the software engineering position will include creating desktop applications “for Mac and/or Windows.” (Interesting phrasing there.) As expected, the requirements include experience building software that integrates with the web.

Disclosure: Facebook Seattle is a GeekWire sponsor.

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Facebook for continuing to innovate! I’ve been able to integrate Facebook using Mail.app and Adium, but a dedicated app would add more value.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lawlam Lawrence Lam

    Windows 8 tablet app ? (Desktop/Tablet – same thing in Windows world)

  • http://www.software.com Amy BG

    I really think Facebook needs to work on it’s privacy issues before branching out like this. At least we have private browsing options that can make some difference online, but what about if we were running Facebook software from our computers? Is there another privacy protection development in the works as well?

    • Guest

      Privacy? You have no privacy, Amy. Get used to it.

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  • http://www.softworld.com Softworld

    With this move Facebook really proves that is a company which wants to develop it self even further. Great to see that not only Microsoft is evolving.