Microsoft’s mobile platform today plugs another feather in its cap, after Facebook launches its popular instant-message service.
Windows Phone users can now download Facebook Messenger for free to their phones and chat with friends and family on Androids, iPhones, PCs and Macs.
Of course, many long-time Windows Phone fans may see this new app as overkill, given that Facebook chat functionality is already built into the core system functions. When sending a missive in the Messages app, Windows Phone users already have the option to send via Facebook.
Still, this is a battle of perception more than functionality for Microsoft as it still struggles to convince smartphone shoppers that its platform has all of the apps they could ever need or want.
In fact, this is something we looked at recently when we compared a list of popular apps on Android and iOS to the app collection on the Windows Phone Store. We found that of the most popular apps in the world today, Windows Phone user have access to approximately 75% of them.