The official Facebook Messenger (Beta) app for Windows 10 PCs and Windows phones running Windows 10 Mobile has updated today with support for high definition videos and images, reactions, active online status, stickers search, and an improved message search.
The Beta version of the Messenger app is separate from the main one and is used to test features before rolling them out to a wider userbase. Having these features on the Beta app is pretty much a guarantee that they'll be coming to the main Messenger app sometime in the near future.
- Message Reactions – Clicking with the right or with a long touch on a message, you can add a reaction. The reactions to the messages can be disabled for every single chat by clicking the name of the contact, in Notifications> Reactions to messages.
- New search interface – Touching the search bar in the home will show people, companies and contacts recommended before starting to write something.
- New Settings interface – Completely renewed the Settings section. The name with the profile picture will be displayed in large at the top. Following are the new item Availability, the ability to change the user name and other items that were already present previously.
- Contents in HD – In Settings> Photos, videos and emoji you can select the option Always send in HD to send videos and photos in higher resolution.
- Availability – In Settings> Availability you can decide whether to allow your contacts to view when you are active on Messenger.
- Search for stickers – Clicking on the magnifying glass in the Stickers section will show different categories that group the different packages.
- Bug fixes and various improvements.
It's usually recommended to use the main, public app in most cases as these tend to be more stable however using a Beta app can be fun for those that want a sneak peek at upcoming features or need a specific feature ASAP. You can download either or both of the apps via the links below.
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