Facebook Also Pulls the Plug on Messenger for Windows and Firefox
Article by George Norman
On 28 Feb 2014
Earlier this week I announced that Facebook decided to pull the plug on its @facebook.com email service, for the simple reason that few people used it.

Today I have to announce that Facebook also decided to pull the plug on Facebook Messenger for Windows and Facebook Messenger for Firefox. The messaging applications will stop working as of Monday, the 3rd of March, 2014.

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“We’re sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger for Windows, and it will stop working on March 3, 2014,” says a notification from Facebook. “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.com.”

“We’re sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger for Firefox, and it will stop working on March 3, 2014,” says another notification from Facebook. “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.com.”

Facebook Messenger is not available for Apple’s OS X. It was once believed that an OS X version would be released. But it seems that Facebook is no longer interested in developing a messenger app for desktops. Now that Facebook Messenger for Windows has been shut down, there’s no way that an OS X version will ever be released.

In related news, it must be said that Facebook entered an agreement to acquire WhatsApp, the cross-platform mobile messaging app that currently has more than 450 million monthly active users. Facebook will pay the following amounts: $4 billion in cash, $12 billion as Facebook shares and an additional $3billion in restricted stock units for WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years.

"WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable," said Mark Zuckerberg. "I've known Jan for a long time and I'm excited to partner with him and his team to make the world more open and connected."




Tags: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Windows, Firefox, Microsoft, Mozilla, WhatsApp
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