Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone provides an easy and quick way to send messages or start chatting with individuals or groups of friends.
Moving from messaging to chat
Now that Facebook has decided to separate its Messenger app from the main app, it's more important than ever to provide users with a slick, well-designed and seamless experience with all the features of its apps for iOS and Android.
The good news is that the Windows Phone version allows you to chat with individual Facebook contacts or groups of contacts very easily. You can sign in with either your email address or phone number and it will automatically add contacts from your phone book to Messenger that aren't on Facebook and allow people that have your phone number to send you messages from the app. This way it is becoming less of just a Facebook messaging service and more of an overall chat app experience.
Besides the standard text chat, you can use Messenger to capture and share photos, or your location, like individual messages, and send stickers and emoticons; you can buy more through the store if you like that kind of thing. You can also name group conversations and add images to them to help you organize chats better.
In line with the Android and iOS versions of the app, you can leave voice messages, but it still doesn't allow you to make voice calls.
Sleek and slick
The Messenger app looks clean and fresh, is speedy and seamless, and is well integrated into the Windows Phone user experience. The application supports notifications, which can be enabled or disabled (for one hour or until 8 a.m. only). New messages appear at the top of the screen no matter what you're doing on your phone. The Live Tile shows you how many new messages you have and, if set to the largest tile size, will display message text (though not images) inside the tile.
When it comes to navigating the app itself, Messenger is straightforward. You can swipe between list of recent messages, groups, Messenger contacts, and a list of 'active' contacts.
Messaging as it should be
With recent redesigns and a lot of work from Microsoft, Messenger remains the fastest way to chat with Facebook friends on a Windows Phone and is a great overall chat application.
What's new in Messenger
You can now forward a message or photo to someone who isn't in the conversation and also send messages using the enter button on Windows Phone instead of having to hit send in the app.