Last year's F8 developer conference in May, brought to us the news of an upcoming Messenger app for Mac. This week, Facebook just jolted a few markets with the new Messenger for macOS, adding to the growing list of communication apps.
Macgeneration, which is a tech publisher on the Mac App Store, was the first one to review the new Messenger app. According to TechCrunchhas, the first few countries to have the Messenger app are Mexico, Australia and Poland. So far, there is no telling if the new Messenger app will be worth it, since it is already available via the web.
However, Facebook has mainly highlighted the group call feature in defense of the new Messenger app fpr MacOS:
"People want to seamlessly message from any device, and sometimes they just want a little more space to share and connect with the people they care about most. So today we’re announcing a Messenger Desktop app. You can download the app on your desktop - both Windows and MacOS - and have group video calls, collaborate on projects or multi-task while chatting in Messenger."
While the argument does support the app's launch, we are already aware of other group video options available in the market. In fact, those options are even more suitable for professional purposes than Messenger, which mostly caters to friends, family and close contacts.
Although for professional interaction, Facebook Workplace is the go-to app for most of its users. Workplace has its app for both the Mac and the PC, well equipped with its very own desktop video calling feature.
Coming back to the Messenger app - successful or not, you'll soon be able to use it on the MacOS. This will also make it easier to stay in touch and share files directly from your drive.
Facebook has confirmed that at the moment, the initial launch of the app is just a small test. So far, the date for the full launch has not yet been announced.