Good news for those that like using Facebook’s messaging feature on their computer or laptop but don’t want to be distracted by the News Feed.
Facebook today launched a standalone Messenger app for web browsers. Facebook users can simply go to Messenger.com, log in, and chat with friends without having to access Facebook.com. There are a few features missing on the web browser version of Messenger, but the basic functionality remains the same.
Re/code notes that Facebook does not plan on removing messaging from the Facebook.com product, similar to when it removed chat from Facebook’s mobile app and forced users to download a separate Messenger app.
There are now more than 600 million monthly users using the Messenger app. Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the Messenger Platform, which will allow developers to build apps for Messenger.