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Facebook Messenger for Windows 2.1.4623

 A dedicated Facebook messaging and notification tool for Windows users

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 11 September 2012
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Downloads To Date: 40508
Developer: Facebook
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Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger is a dedicated social networking tool for Windows

 Keeping on top of all of the activity that goes on on Facebook can be time consuming. The need to visit the site to check to see if you have any messages, respond to messages you have received, catch up with what your friends have been up to and chatting with your online friends means that you are usually unable to do anything else at the same time. Loading the Facebook site occupies your entire screen so there is unlikely to be the opportunity to multitask and get on with other things whilst chatting or using the social network for other things.

Facebook Messenger for Windows may just be the app you have been looking for. It is a dedicate Facebook app that can be used in a number of ways as an alternative to visiting the web site. The app will immediately inform you whenever you receive a message, a friend request or there is a notification generated - when a friend comments on one of your photos, for example. The news ticker that is found to the upper right of the Facebook page is visible in the app so you can see at a glance what your friends are up to.

The program can be used in one of two ways. The first option is to treat Facebook Messenger like any other Windows app and only bring it to the foreground when you want to use it – sounds are played when chat messages are received so you will know when the app needs attention. The other option is to switch to docked mode and pin the application as a bar to the right hand edge of your screen. In this mode the news ticker and your list of online friends is always visible.

Click most of the elements that are visible in the app window or dock will take you to the Facebook site to the relevant page. However, as you would expect from an app with the word ‘messenger’ in its name, the program can also be used to conduct chat with your Facebook contacts, just click the name of anyone in your friends list and you can start a chat in a new window. If you are chatting with more than one person at the same time, the chat window becomes tabbed to save space and enabling you to switch between conversations with ease.

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 A great tool for the dedicated social networker, this saves having to visit the Facebook site and keep you informed about what is going on.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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