Facebook has recently confirmed that it has updated its desktop layout and some users have already started seeing it. The new layout has a more compressed view and has tabs at the top of the screen.
Facebook made the announcement of the new layout back in May 2019 and it is surprising that it took it this long to make it available. But Facebook has been giving access to the updated layout to some people gradually and has been working on the feedback they have been giving for an improved layout.
If Facebook has made the new layout accessible to you, you will be notified in your newsfeed, where the site will ask you to explore the new features.
At this point, you can not request access as it is only available to a small number of users. According to Facebook, it will release the layout on a large scale by April. This would be almost a year after Facebook made the announcement for the update.
Facebook has not added any tools or functionalities with the upcoming layout but it does have improved desktop navigation since it was Facebook’s aim to make the desktop version similar to its mobile version while making it more convenient for users to switch between the two.
This is something users can look forward to this year, it is expected to be fully made available in the first half of 2020 but given the previous delays, we can’t be sure.