Facebook Messenger Desktop App for Mac Revealed in Leaked Photo

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Facebook may be developing an official Messenger desktop app for Mac, according to TechCrunch. The technology website obtained a blurry photo that allegedly shows a Facebook employee using the Messenger client on Mac, which would be easily accessible from the OS X dock as opposed to a tab in a web browser.

    Leaked photo of claimed Facebook Messenger for Mac app (Image: TechCrunch)

    Messenger for Mac appears to have a navigation tab bar in the bottom left with options matching the Messenger for iOS mobile app, including Recent, Groups, People and Settings. These menu options are reportedly not found in unofficial Messenger apps, making it more likely the app is not a third-party version.

    The company's goal is likely to create a standalone Messenger experience on Mac, similar to how it released a dedicated Messenger app for iOS in August 2011. But unlike when Messenger was detached from the main Facebook app on iOS in July 2014, the web version of the chat platform may remain available alongside the desktop app.
    Facebook released a Messenger desktop app for Windows in March 2012, and said it was "busy working on Messenger for Mac" at the time, but the company discontinued its Windows app two years later and has yet to release a Mac app. Facebook also launched Messenger.com last April as a standalone web chat client.

    Facebook often internally tests apps that never ship, so it remains unclear when or if Messenger for Mac will be released. A company spokesperson declined to "comment on rumor or speculation," but author Josh Constine said that is "the same boiler plate response" he has received about rumors proven true in the past.

    Article Link: Facebook Messenger Desktop App for Mac Revealed in Leaked Photo
  2. EddiOS42 macrumors newbie


    Jun 23, 2015
    That's why Facebook suddenly stopped working in my Message app for Mac.
  3. addicted44 macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2005
    This could also be an employee wrapping the messenger code into a simple mac app for their own personal use.

    Doesn't really mean much yet, IMO.
  4. busyscott macrumors member


    Sep 29, 2015
    This seriously tops the list of terrible apps I never want.
  5. raulrincon, Jan 9, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2016

    raulrincon macrumors newbie


    Jan 9, 2016
    As far as I know, it has been in beta test for a while.

    I got mine from a link shared in twitter..
  6. sudo1996 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2015
    Berkeley, CA, USA
    Ugh, it stinks that they started disallowing Jabber clients to connect. Last year, I used to be able to contact all my Facebook friends (aka most people I know) just through Messages, plus people on iMessage, SMS, and AIM. It was perfect! I wish Apple would update Messages to support whatever proprietary protocol Facebook uses because I really don't want to have to run multiple messaging apps.

    EddiOS42 has the right idea. They probably did it so they can get people to use their own stuff. Unfortunate.
  7. fishbert macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2009
    Will the desktop app also bug you every time you open it to turn on notifications, or is that "feature" reserved for the mobile app alone?
  8. sudo1996 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2015
    Berkeley, CA, USA
    LOL, I was amazed when I saw that the first time. It could be worse. I've started seeing apps giving me push notifications for no good reason (e.g. "you haven't used this app in a while"). I delete stuff like that immediately. Misusing the APN service should be grounds for banishment from the App Store.
  9. Aneef, Jan 9, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2016

    Aneef macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2015
    Lahore, Pakistan
    The messenger client Goofy is doing pretty great out there.
  10. APlotdevice, Jan 9, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2016

    APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    Grr, I don't want to run yet another messaging app on my computer. I liked being able to send and receive through Messages!
  11. Winter Charm macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

    Jul 31, 2008
    Yeah, I delete apps that do this immediately.
  12. sanke1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2010
    Tracking is needed for desktop market isn't it? For mobile market, it's been covered. I feel incomplete if no one is tracking me. For iMacs powered from mains, there will be no complaints of phantom battery drain issue. Development should be easier.

    I will also leave a glowing 5 star review for weekly update change logs like "We update the app regularly so that we can make it better for you"

    Facebook, Thank you very much for this.

    -your die hard fan.
  13. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  14. Bitnacht macrumors newbie


    Jan 9, 2016
    If you just have a screenshot and wonder what it may be, there are some other explanations you might consider. If this is really a developer working on a Messenger app for Facebook he might be running the iPad simulator in Xcode to test a new version of the iOS app.
  15. elmaco macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2012
    "Facebook scans chats and posts for criminal activity
    Facebook has added sleuthing to its array of data-mining capabilities, scanning your posts and chats for criminal activity. If the social-networking giant detects suspicious behavior, it flags the content and determines if further steps, such as informing the police, are required."

    Who knows if Facebook will stop there?

    Why don't they install a key logger with their Messenger app while they're at it? If you have nothing to hide
  16. robbier macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2008
    I'm not completely sure, but this looks to me a lot like a third-party desktop messenger client (http://messengerfordesktop.com). Although this has, as the article mentions, the navigation buttons below the conversation list.
  17. sudo1996, Jan 10, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2016

    sudo1996 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2015
    Berkeley, CA, USA
    What are you saying that you want to hide so badly? I usually don't say anything on FB Messenger that I wouldn't mind people hearing. At the very worst, a friend will ask about how my relationship is going or whatever, and some random person will see what I say; big deal. If anyone is reading all those mundane messages from me and all the other Facebook users, I feel bad for that person.

    ... which also looks a lot like Messages for Mac. I'd be slightly less frustrated if it at least looked a bit different. Having two similar-looking messaging clients open reminds me of how much I'd rather just have one messaging client open.
  18. eebean2 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2013
    This is indeed the Goofy client. That was the screen you get when you lost internet connection, it updated recently and I can't get it to make that screen again. :/
  19. advancewarsbest macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2013
    Yeah I'm with you guys on losing Apple's Messenger Facebook capabilities. Feels like I've been thrown back into the stone ages. I've been using one of those app's that works as a messenger wrapper in the meantime until I upgrade my work computer to allow me to text everyone through the computer.

    It's all because the messenger wars have started. They want to make the messenger app the central place for users. Its like this in China, where you can order food and services all while your in the chat. With Slack gaining lots of investment capital (and adding 3rd party extension abilities). I expect more and more chat services to popup and fight it out. Since it could be the break through for the next ecosystem. I'll see if I can find any of the articles and things I wrote up on the matter.
  20. josefdlange macrumors newbie


    Jan 10, 2016
    Or, you know, it's this:


    Or it's a browser navigated to:


  21. EdwardSmith36 macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2016
    Beta test or whats so ever it may be, nobody really cares whats going on.
  22. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    Considering their capability to develop memory and battery hogs, this could be listed as malware in the OS X section
  23. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
  24. emb3625 macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2016
    It's pretty obvious this is the iPad app running in the Xcode simulator.

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