Post by Jack O’Connor, a software engineer on the Messenger team.

Millions of people log into Facebook every day to keep up with friends. They also browse other websites and run computer programs, so it’s easy to miss important stuff. Maybe a cousin just posted about getting a new job, or a best friend wants to chat about dinner plans for tonight.

You should be able to stay in touch anytime, no matter what you’re doing. So today we’re introducing Messenger, a new app that brings Facebook to your desktop.

Chat while you do other stuff

See and respond to chats right from your desktop. You don’t have to click away to stay connected.

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Get notified instantly

Find out about new comments, photo tags and more as soon as they come in.

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See what’s going on anytime

Stay up to date with an active stream of posts and activity from your friends. Just click to leave a comment or see more.
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Give the app a try – it only takes a few moments to set up. Then let us know what you think.

For those of you on Macs, we’re busy working on Messenger for Mac. Stay tuned.