Users log in with their Facebook credentials and the site automatically imports their contacts and current chats. No other Facebook buttons, including links to the News Feed, are visible, but settings (pictured) can be managed using the gear icon in the top left-hand corner is the latest addition to the much-maligned service.
At its F8 conference in San Francisco last month, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) announced it was turning Messenger application into a platform for 'e-commerce, video and more' in a bid to shake up online communication During the event, Facebook executives introduced more than 25 products and tools to help developers 'build, grow, and monetise' applications.
Messenger was also upgraded to let users share photos, audio and videos and make calls (left).
One of these Messenger upgrades was designed to connect customers with companies (example pictured), called Messenger Business.We've all been using Face Time like crazy here at TUAW central -- it's really great to be able to conference with friends in real time without having to arrange things in advance. Knowing that your friends have i Phone 4s makes video calling much easier.Nearly all of us have been video-conferencing-ready for years. You don't have to call or text to arrange the call, you just place it and you're immediately good to go.If you're messaging with someone and realize that words just aren't enough, you can simply choose the video icon in the top right corner of the screen and start a video call right from within an existing Messenger conversation.'Now you can have face-to-face conversations with your friends and the people you care about, via Messenger,' wrote Stan Chudnovsky, Head of Product for Messenger and Param Reddy, Engineering Manager.
At Facebook's annual developer conference in March, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerburg said the social network would introduce myriad features within Messenger.
For example, users can also send money to friends within the app. This is the latest feature released for Messenger, following the ability to send money to friends, the launch of Messenger Platform and the introduction of Businesses on Messenger, which Facebook says is coming soon.
Facebook also unveiled a platform that enables developers to easily create apps that function within Messenger.'Adding (video calling) to Messenger instead of the main Facebook app maybe ties in to Messenger's mission where it's a real core person-to-person app,' said Brian Blau, research director at Gartner Inc, a U. Video calling in Messenger is launching today for people on i OS and Android in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay.
Facebook has launched (pictured) - a standalone site that lets people chat to their Facebook contacts, start group conversations and send photos in the same way they can on the app.
Users can still send and receive messages on Facebook and it is not known yet whether this will be removed in due course.
Jack Kent, principal mobile analyst at IHS Technology told Mail Online that by splitting Facebook services, it reduces the different ways in which the site has to handle messages in its standard app and site.