Windows: Facebook launched its new standalone Facebook and Messenger apps for Windows today, bringing native desktop notifications, a faster News Feed and a built-in browser to make sharing articles even easier. In a blog post earlier today, Facebook announced the apps and explained some of the key features Windows users can expect. The Facebook app can be accessed from the Start Menu and it's designed to load up your News Feed much faster than your browser or previous iterations of the app (there was a Facebook app for Windows 8). You'll get built-in desktop notifications, and you can pin a Facebook Live Tile on your desktop to show you all of your News Feeds latest updates. The Facebook app also makes sharing photos simple by allowing easy access to your File Explorer or other favourite photo apps.
The Messenger app allows native desktop notifications so your new messages will appear in the Action Center. Besides the notifications, it's basically the exact same thing as the Messenger web app, but payments, voice and video calling, and taking photos or video within the app aren't supported yet (they will be available soon). The Facebook App is available for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 computers, and the Messenger App is available for Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and eventually Windows 10 Mobile devices. For now, these apps are only available for Windows desktops. You can download them for free in the Microsoft Store at the links below.