Say goodbye to another Facebook service. The social network has a demanding tendency to launch tools and then let them wither without much in terms of updates and feature enhancements.
Now you can add another one to the causality list — the Facebook Messenger for Windows.
Facebook has not provided any details, but users of the Windows version of the messaging client are being prompted that the service will no longer be supported after March 3, 2014.
The Facebook Messenger app for Windows was released in March 2012, but interestingly, it has not been updated since spring of last year. Many users of the application are irritably complaining about this hurried decision, particularly the fact that there has been no timely announcement beforehand.
This short notice is all they get:
“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 http:///www.facebook.com.”
Many users just installed the Facebook Messenger application on Windows, and used to interact with the social network this way via messaging, rather than going for the entire experience.
They are now redirected to the homepage of the site.
No mention of the iOS or Android versions, meaning these alternate platform will continue as normal. The company very recently developed a dedicated client for Windows 8, which has been a certified hit at the Windows Store, and has been at the top or very near since launch.
Maybe Facebook will now pay it added attention in order to further enhance it. One can hope.