Messenger for Windows
are in for a rude shock as Facebook
has decided to pull the plug on the service late on Thursday. "We're
sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger for Windows, and
it will stop working on March 3, 2014. We really appreciate you using
Messenger to reach your friends, and we want to make sure you know that
you can keep chatting and view all your messages on
Facebook Messenger for Firefox is also
being shut down on March 3, and users are receiving
the same message as the one above. While the social networking giant on
Tuesday also pulled the plug on its other less-used platform, Facebook
the news that it has decided to shut down Facebook Messenger for
Windows and Firefox, is not something completely unexpected.
installer option for Facebook Messenger for Windows had already
disappeared a few days back. Now, the official Facebook Messenger page doesn't even have the
Windows Messenger icon, but clearly states that 'Available now for
Android and iPhone'.
The move reiterates how Facebook is looking
to move its base completely to mobile devices, given that it is most
used on these platforms. Notably, Microsoft at MWC 2014 on Sunday made the
announcement that Facebook Messenger was coming to Windows Phone.
Messenger for Windows was released in March 2012, and for Firefox in
December 2012. There had been unconfirmed reports that Facebook
Messenger would even come to the Mac OSX platform, but in the light of
the service moving away from desktops to concentrate on the mobile
platform, this is now something that looks unrealistic.