Facebook today began prompting Facebook Messenger for Windows users with a message saying the app is shutting down next week.
Excluding any further information, the company plans to kill off Windows support for Facebook Messenger on March 3. Additionally, the app will no longer be available for the Firefox browser either, starting from the same cutoff date.
“We’re sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger for Windows, and it will stop working on March 3, 2014,” the message states at the top of the application. “We really appreciate you using Messenger to reach your friends, and we want to make sure you know that you can keep chatting and view all your messages on http://www.facebook.com. Learn more.”
The “Learn more” link, however, takes the user to a generic Messages page on Facebook’s Help Center. The only section relevant to Facebook Messenger for Windows is for uninstalling it.
The Facebook Messenger for Windows installer is nowhere to be found on the official site. The page specifically says the app is available for Android and iOS, but not Windows.
The news comes less than three days after Microsoft announced Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone would arrive in just a few weeks and has led some commentators to believe that Microsoft can only run the app on one of its platforms at a time.
Facebook Messenger for Windows was released in March 2012, following a limited beta test in November 2011. An OS X version has been long expected, but that seems even less likely now.
Source: The Next Web