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Messenger is particularly important for many people, especially for intra-family communication - I've lost count of the number of times a member has said 'Did you not get my message?' and it turned out they'd got confused and sent it by Facebook Messenger rather than Messages or iMessage (or whatever). So it does perhaps pay to keep an eye on Facebook messenger too, even if you're not a heavy user!

Instagram is totally separate, mind you, effectively a fairly recent Facebook acquisition. In theory, there's the excellent third party Winsta UWP, though it's currently a bit unstable and I'll report more on that in the Flow columns here on AAWP. Plus there's a new Instagram PWA incoming from Facebook, which will hopefully work as well as the one Twitter put up online and in the Store. Update: good news and bad news. It's now available for all Windows 10 devices and even installs on W10M, but it doesn't actually run and connect up. Oops.

By the way, you may have thought I was kidding about the bloat of Facebook's old first party clients for Windows 10 Mobile, but I'm not. The 'Facebook' app in the Store was a whopping 168MB and took about 15 seconds to launch on a Lumia 950. Which is ridiculous. And good riddance.

But Facebook does have its uses. It's still loved by non-techy relatives, typically - we all have a cousin or grandparent who will only use it and it's our lifeline to what they're up to. For this reason, and also because lots of lesser web sites let you 'log in with Facebook', saving you having to make accounts for everything, I'd advise not leaving Facebook altogether.

Which leaves the issue of how to access Facebook in 2020, especially under Windows 10 Mobile. Happily, Facebook has to provide a low bandwidth way into its content via the Web and this can be used, either directly, or via a number of 'web-scraping' applications.

1. Directly, in Edge(!)

Facebook is basically a web site (with added apps for convenience), so it's easy to access the main content in a web browser, even a mobile one here. Go to ''.

In fact, you can get just a bit more screen real estate and convenience by turning the URL into an 'app' yourself with PAWA or just pin it 'as is' on your Start screen. Or just add it as a 'Favourite'. It's up to you.

Facebook in Edge and (right) Edge via PAWA - in the latter you get better fonts and more screen real estate.

So that's two views of the basic Facebook site with full access, but you can go further (with just one caveat) with a hack of sorts.

In Edge, go into '...' and Settings and then pick 'Desktop version'. Note in particular that you're still going to, but it's being interpreted in slightly more sophisticated fashion because Facebook's server knows that you're using something (in theory) higher end. So you then get:

So less clutter at the top, a cleaner layout overall, plus a lot of lesser navigation functions on the hamburger menu, shown on the right here.

I'm calling this latter mode 'Desktop-Mobile-Hybrid' (DMH, for short), by the way, for want of a better name/acronym!

Facebook Messenger needs addressing next, since sending and receiving messages is all handled in the interface here, whether you're looking at the ultra-basic or DMH mode. There's no notification support outside of Edge, mind you, so it really isn't a good idea if people try to contact you urgently in Facebook Messenger and you're using Windows 10 Mobile!

Still, messages are here, all your Messenger chats to your contacts in the past, new messages have notification bells pop up on the top toolbar, and you can drill in to read and reply as needed:

Well, with one major caveat. The DMH mode has a javascript glitch (either at Facebook's end or in Edge locally, it's not clear, but it certainly hasn't been tested in this combination)! So, when you send a new message/reply, it doesn't appear in the message list, even though it has been sent. Worse, when the other person replies, you don't see that either! See the comments in the screenshot above!

You're forced to refresh the page to check, or - easier - just move away from this Facebook pane/tab and then move back to load it again. This is a pain because, apart from this glitch, this DMH mode works really well for Facebook on the go under Windows 10 Mobile. It's not a showstopping bug but... it is a nuisance.

2. LightSocial Pro (or similar)

Now, if the DMH panes look familiar, it's because they're the basis for what I'm calling DMH+ applications. LightSocial Pro is one such, featured here, though SlimSocial and Likebook for Facebook do a very similar job (though their 'Messenger' presentation isn't quite as neat IMHO). In each case, the application presents itself to Facebook as a Desktop browser going to and then the HTML returned is subtly modified, perhaps setting the background dark (to save power), perhaps media detecting and local saving are made possible, you get the idea. As I say, I'm calling this DMH+. Here's a brief walkthrough using LightSocial Pro:

Here on the (light) page, LightSocial Pro's dark mode is really, really dark, but you can see the dark blue control elements on the physical phone screen, don't worry! Here's the start of my Facebook timeline and, by tapping on the hamburger control bottom left, up pops LightSocial Pro's own 'helper' menu (shown on the right, above)...

Of particular interest is LightSocial Pro's own Settings pane, with helpful toggles to hide ads, go full-screen, go dark, lock the top Facebook bar, and (shown on the right here) require Windows Hello authentication to stop little Johnny from accessing your private Facebook stuff...(!)

When viewing a Facebook post with an embedded video, you can grab a local copy if you want by just starting it playing and then using the 'Download Video' function on the LightSocial Pro helper menu...

...the download is started, you're notified by toasts, including when it finishes, and then you can find it later (as shown right) in your 'Facebook Downloads' folder in your internal storage on the phone.

Facebook Messenger looks snazzy in dark mode here, but behaviour is sadly (and understandably) the same as in DMH mode above, so you get the oddity of firing off messages successfully but you can't see them or any replies until you move away from this conversation and then back into it! #facepalm

Two main - and related - approaches then, each more satisfactory than you might think overall (not least in terms of not having to endure the original bloated Facebook code) but each flawed in terms of Facebook Messenger operation. It would be nice if Facebook opened up its APIs to allow third party clients, but I'm not holding my breath. Plus it's late in the day for UWP apps for Windows 10 Mobile now...

Oh, as noted in the comments below, there's also 'Messenger for UWP', which takes the glitchy Facebook Messenger web view data above and puts a complete new UI/skin on it, along with detecting new messages and throwing up Windows 10 notifications:

A confusing UI - in theory you swipe down the left to a contact and there's the chat, but in practice it's all so slow and unpredictable; (right) you do get notifications though (albeit in duplicate - here I've swiped away half a dozen to just leave one from each contact!

What's not to love about this? Well... it's slow to start, slow to work, produces duplicate notifications, and is impossibly hard to navigate in terms of finding anybody, in my experience, with notifications not actually directing you to the appropriate chat. Maybe the developer can leap in with a major update here? 


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Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone 8 now available for download

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore had at MWC 2014 promised that Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone was coming 'within weeks'.

The Redmond giant has kept its promise and the Facebook Messenger has arrived for Windows Phone, though it only supports Windows Phone 8 devices.

Facebook announced the news on Twitter and said, "Messenger for Windows Phone is now available for download."

The Facebook Messenger (version app can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store and is free. Some of the features of Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone listed at the store include:

- Get to all your messages without having to open Facebook.

- Bring your conversations to life with stickers and send photos privately.

- Have group conversations and make plans on the go.

- Share your location so people know when you're nearby.

- Know when people have seen your messages.

- See who's using Messenger and who's active on Facebook.

- Stay logged in so you never miss a message.

- Turn off notifications when you're working, sleeping or just need a break.

- Never lose your conversation history or contacts.

Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone 8 importantly doesn't support a few features available for other platforms, such as voice messaging, and chat heads.

The Windows Phone blog notes, "With Facebook Messenger, you will be able to see who's online for a private or group chat, send a private message, and bring messages to life with pictures and stickers. You can also share your location so people can know if you are nearby. All your Facebook friends are automatically added to the People Tab for you to get started sending messages but you can also import new contacts too."

At MWC 2014, apart from confirming a 'spring' release date for the much-anticipated Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 updates, and announcing a host of new Windows Phone 8.1 hardware partners including India's Xolo and Karbonn, Belfiore also provided various platform-related updates.

Notably, Facebook Messenger for Windows and Firefox was shut down on March 3.

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Messenger Plus!

Initial releaseMay 19, 2001 (2001-05-19)
Stable release / March 2014; 6 years ago (2014-03) 
Initial releaseJanuary 2012 (2012-01)
Stable release / February 2014; 6 years ago (2014-02) 

Messenger Plus! (formerly known as Messenger Plus! Live, commonly abbreviated MsgPlus, Plus!, or incorrectly as MSN Plus) is an add-on for Windows Live Messenger and Skype. The software provides additional functionality to Microsoft's Instant messaging client, Windows Live Messenger, by adding its own controls to the main interface. These controls affect Messenger's behaviour and appearance, often through additional dialog boxes.

The add-on was first released in May 2001 under the name "The Messenger Plus! Extension" for MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger. It later changed its name to "Messenger Plus!" and then, for the release of the new Windows Live Messenger client, "Messenger Plus! Live" was chosen. In 2011 the name was changed back to "Messenger Plus!" again. It has become one of the most widely used add-ons for Microsoft's IM clients, citing over 62 million users as of February 2010.[1]

Volunteers from the Messenger Plus! community around the world develop skins and scripts for submission into the database of the website for the software.


Messenger Plus! generally expands the features of Windows Live Messenger 2009 (9.0) and 2011. Notable features include:[2]

  • A set of text formatting codes similar to BBCode (people who don't use Messenger Plus! will still see standard unformatted text with the BBCode still in place).
  • Custom status tags.
  • Running multiple instances of Windows Live Messenger with different accounts.
  • Event logging and chat logging in either plain text or HTML with optional encryption.
  • Chat log viewer. For browsing and searching all saved logs.
  • Contacts on desktop. Small windows always on top which show a specific contact.
  • Auto-reply messages, usually activated when away from keyboard.
  • Emotion sounds. Custom sounds which can be sent to other Messenger Plus! users.
  • Tabbed chatting (all the conversations in the same window). This feature existed in Messenger Plus! before Windows Live Messenger 2011 added native support for tabbed chatting.
  • Messenger locking (Boss Mode).
  • Contact list clean-up. Showing statistics about the user's contacts and allowing him to remove people who removed him or he never talks to.
  • Skinning Windows Live Messenger without the user having to physically edit the program's resource files.
  • JScript scripting allowing users to add their own functionality.


Messenger Plus! is available in 22 languages:[3]


Messenger Plus! was originally created in 2001 by Cyril Paciullo, who is better known by the pseudonym "Patchou". He was born in France and currently resides in Canada. He started developing Plus! as a hobby next to his day job as a developer, but soon maintaining the Messenger Plus! software became a full-time job.

In Q4 of 2009 Paciullo announced he is no longer in full control of the product and Messenger Plus! is now owned by Yuna Software Limited.[4] In Q1 of 2011 Paciullo officially declared he had left the company and that this chapter of his professional life was closed.[5] Financial details or names of the people behind the new company are not disclosed. Yuna Software has offices in several places in the world and has an office in Montreal, also known as Kimahri Software, where a development team continued to develop Messenger Plus!.


When developing Messenger Plus! became a full-time job, a form of revenue was added to keep the software free. Formerly, the software came bundled with optional adware software developed by Circle Development Ltd.

Issues with Windows Defender[edit]

As of August 17, 2005, the Messenger Plus! website contained a petition to Microsoft's anti-spyware division regarding Windows Defender's (known as Microsoft AntiSpyware at the time) detection of the Messenger Plus! executable as spyware and subsequent warning that Messenger Plus! would attempt to install spyware at runtime (post-installation), rather than the setup program itself that contained the installer for the threat detected.

The petition, which had 401,683 signatures and was 10,137 pages long in total, was sent to Redmond on September 20, 2005[6] stating that Messenger Plus! should not be labeled as being a threat.

On September 23, 2005, just 3 days after the petition was mailed to Redmond from Canada, Microsoft released new definitions for Windows Defender that fixed the false threat detection affecting the Messenger Plus! executable together with other detection improvements.[7] Recent versions of Windows Defender also stopped detecting the Messenger Plus! installer as being potentially dangerous.

Sponsorship agreement criticism[edit]

Some software review websites criticized[8] the user agreement, stating that the 'sponsorship agreement', which authorized the installation of the optional adware software, was misleading because it looked like a standard EULA, and was only available in English. The user does get the option to not install the 'sponsor' program, however, even if slightly unorthodoxly.

Since Messenger Plus! 3.60 was released (on September 27, 2005), the setup includes a separate sponsor license agreement in addition to a traditional EULA. Both agreements have also been translated in several languages. A separate adware uninstallation program was provided by Circle Development Ltd. which appears when users attempt to uninstall the sponsor program of Messenger Plus!.[9]

Discontinuation of the Circle Development package[edit]

As of early 2010, Messenger Plus! versions 4.84 and later no longer contain the sponsor program from Circle Development Ltd.

Yuna Software currently uses more conventional methods. Messenger Plus! bundles an optional toolbar, custom search page and custom home page all branded as the Messenger Plus! Network. Yuna Software also launched sites in 2010 affiliated with Messenger Plus!, including Plus! Games, Plus! Sports, Plus! Image and Plus! Network.

Links on the old website to earlier Messenger Plus! versions caused sites such as McAfeeSiteAdvisor to warn that the website was linked with adware Adware-Lop/Swizzor.[10]

However, SiteAdvisor has tested the current website and found downloads to be free of adware, spyware, and other potentially unwanted programs.[11] Other sites have already found the site safe. For example, Norton Safe Web has found no issues with this site, stating 0 computer threats, 0 identity threats and 0 annoyance factors.[12]


In February 2013 Yuna Software released a new installer for Messenger Plus that required the user to install at least one of the bundled options in order to install the software.[13] Note that this may no longer be a requirement as more recent updates do not appear to require that any of the bundled options be installed. This has not been confirmed on a clean install.


Messenger Plus!' button integration with Windows Live Messenger.

To coincide with the newly branded Windows Live Messenger, in 2006 new versions of Messenger Plus! were called Messenger Plus! Live. It was rebuilt from the ground up and included a new user interface design which was intended to blend more with the user interface of Windows Live Messenger.

Since 2011 versions 5.0 and later are called Messenger Plus! again.[14] Messenger Plus! 5 is completely compatible with Windows Live Messenger 2011. [15]

Backwards compatibility[edit]

The latest version of Messenger Plus! no longer supports any Messenger version older than 2009. Older Messenger Plus! versions are no longer officially supported.

However, the last version of Messenger Plus! (version 3.63, before it was renamed to Messenger Plus! Live) will still be available for download on the official website. This version supports MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger 4.7, 5, 6 and 7.[16]

Additionally the last version of Messenger Plus! Live (version 4.90.392, before the name was changed back again) is also still available from the official website. This version supports Windows Live Messenger 8.0 up to 14.0 (2009).[17]

Messenger Plus! for Skype[edit]

Messenger Plus! for Skype

Messenger Plus! for Skype was released in English on January 12, 2012.[18] This adware adds video and audio recording capabilities to Skype conversations and lets users send flash animations to other users.

The subsequent version, Messenger Plus! for Skype 1.2 was released on March 28, 2012 .[19] which introduced 16 additional languages, video and voice transformation effects and ring tones. Version 1.5 was released on June 18, 2012 .[20] which included the ability to stream movies and overlay images in video conversations viewable on all Skype-enabled devices including mobile phones and tablets. Version 1.8 followed on March 3, 2013 .[21] This release was developed after Microsoft's announcement.[22] about discontinuing its Windows Live Messenger service and integrated custom sounds from the united Messenger Plus! for Windows Live Messenger/Skype sound archive, and also introduced a new default design for the add-on.

Features for Skype[edit]

Messenger Plus! for Skype is an application for Skype that adds video and audio recording capabilities for Skype. Notable features include:[23]

  • Free video and audio call recording of unlimited duration.
  • 3 different levels of video quality
  • Flash video animation (winks) that can be sent in conversations and previewed.
  • Chat logs that can be searched and categorized by dates, sessions or by contacts
  • Preview and print of chat logs
  • LogViewer that consults with chat logs
  • Multilanguage support
  • Mouse over scrollable toolbar
  • Display recording animated status in the video feed
  • Video effects: overlay text, mosaic, threshold, mirror, emboss, lens shrink and bulging, invert color effects
  • Display chat conversation on video conversation
  • Adjust Video Chat Text font, color, transparency and position
  • Display date, time and conversation duration a video conversation
  • Select a user define ringtone per contact for incoming call
  • Toolbar follow active window
  • 3 levels of noise
  • Voice transformation effects: chorus, flanger, gain, reverb, tremolo
  • Built-in Emotion sounds
  • Custom sounds from united Windows Live Messenger/Skype sound server

Skype Desktop API concerns[edit]

Skype has announced its intention to discontinue the desktop API which is used by Messenger Plus! for Skype. Note that the date which this is to happen (originally in December 2013) is now unknown as Skype tries to come up with new methods to support a small subset of the Desktop API functionality. There is currently no information available on the Yuna website that mentions the plans to handle the Desktop API being discontinued by Skype at some point in the future.

Current Development[edit]

Version of Messenger Plus for Skype was available for automatic download around January 15, 2014. It was built on January 8th, 2014 and has some updated components from December 2013.

In the first version this year there is a "feature" that seem not to be mentioned anywhere: It sends an ad for Messenger plus as a chat message to random contacts. This feature makes more or less the extension unusable.

In the second version this year ( released in February 2014, this feature is mentioned and can now be turned off.

Yuna Software Website[edit]

Is Messenger Plus! dead?[edit]

Apparently, Messenger Plus is still being supported as noted above despite the fact that Yuna software's website gives the impression that this software is no longer under active development due to the following factors:

1. There has been no noticeable update to their website since May 2014. The changelog for Messenger Plus! for Skype now mentions the two releases done in 2014. There have been notifications of new updates since then, but they appear to be an error.
2. Their forums are no longer accessible.
3. No mention of the issue with the Desktop API discontinuation has been found on the Messenger Plus! website.
4. The latest version of Skype now crashes when Messenger Plus! for Skype is installed.


As noted above, the forums are no longer accessible to the public. They may not even exist, as all links to them redirect back to Yuna's website. An archive of the forums does exist, hosted by a third party. [24]


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