New Delhi: Social media giant Facebook is set to launch a new desktop app for Messenger on both MacOS and Windows, stated a report. The company made this announcement during its annual F8 developer conference. The Facebook desktop app, which is likely to be launched later in the year, lets the user access Messenger without the need to login to Facebook on a browser.

The desktop app gives a similar experience to that of the mobile phone app. Currently, this new feature is in the testing phase. Once launched, users will be able to make group video calls and even perform many tasks while using the chat option on the Messenger.

In an announcement, Facebook stated that it is “re-building the architecture of Messenger” in order to ensure that the mobile app performs faster and is efficient. Changes coming to the mobile application and eventually, the website is part of the vision of co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to have Facebook be a place for cosy online gatherings as well as more open public forums. “As the world gets bigger and more connected, we need that sense of intimacy more than ever,” Zuckerberg said as he opened the F8 developer conference for the social networking giant.

“That’s why I believe the future is private.” The new design is in line with Facebook’s aim to shift its focus to small-scale communication in response to criticism over failing to curb misinformation and manipulation of the platform used by 2.3 billion people. Meanwhile, Facebook has devised new possible ways to engage with businesses. Facebook reportedly said, “We’ve created an appointment experience so people can book appointments within a Messenger conversation.” Therefore, using through this new feature, Facebook lets users book an appointment with businesses such as car dealerships, stylists and cleaning services using the Messenger app.

(With agency inputs)