Facebook could be developing a Messenger desktop app for the Mac, according to TechCrunch, who obtained a photo that shows a Facebook employee using the Messenger app on Mac, instead of through a web-browser.
A dedicated Messenger app would be easier to use, as the app would be accessible from the Dock and wouldn’t get lost among a sea of browser tabs.
— iDownloadBlog (@iDownloadBlog) January 10, 2016
Facebook has refused to confirm the rumors, telling TechCrunch that “We don’t comment on rumor or speculation.”
The company previously introduced a Messenger program for Windows in 2012, and said at the time that it was “busy working on Messenger for Mac,” but discontinued the Windows app in 2014. It has since launched Messenger.com as a standalone chat client, and switched the service on iOS to a separate app.
The Messenger app has had tremendous growth in the past year, with the number of users rising from around 500 million at the end of 2014 to 800 million a year later.