Microsoft used its pre-Mobile World Congress press conference last week to talk about how Windows Phone is closing the app gap with rival platforms — and hammered that point home bu also announcing that Facebook Messenger would be available within “weeks“.
You can download Facebook Messenger from the Windows Phone Store — right here. (Doing a search for Facebook Messenger on the store still brings up rival IM apps and Facebook’s main app, instead of Messenger.)
Last week Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore said the company had been working together with Facebook testing out the Messenger app for a while — presumably they were honing things like the flat design stickers the app includes (below right)…
Whether it was worth Windows Phone users waiting so long for some perfectly flat cutesy stickers remains to be seen. (Especially as the feature list of the app is not yet as extensive as the Android/iOS version — with, for instance, no option to record voice messages or make voice calls as yet.)
Microsoft is slowly getting more big name apps to port to Windows Phone — finally snagging Instagram last fall, for instance, and name-checking the likes of Vine and Waze as other recent arrivals at its MWC presser last week.
However even as it’s closing the biggest app gaps, there’s no denying Windows Phone continues to experience an app lag — being last in the queue to get hot new apps.
That’s a reality of being the third mobile ecosystem that Microsoft — for all the money it throws at app developers — appears unable to influence.