Looks like social networking giant Facebook is all set to challenge the seats of the major instant messaging clients – AIM, AOL, Windows live messenger and others.
Facebook has now developed its own native Windows Messenger. With around 800 million+ user base Facebook is sure to cause a great damage to these messaging clients who would find it difficult to reach this number even if combined together.
Facebook Messenger is a small piece of software just 482 KB in size. The looks are no different from the Facebook sidebar but it has extra options including Friend Requests, Messages and Notifications. Looks quite similar to GTalk. When you click on a notification it would open your default browser and redirect you to the main site Facebook.com.
Get Facebook messenger for Windows
Download link publicly available in its Help Center.
Since Microsoft and Skype have already made an investment of around $ 240 million in Facebook it’s unlikely it would affect their market. Though what is worth seeing is how Yahoo messenger and AOL respond to this move by Facebook.