Facebook’s desktop app for Windows 10 is no longer available to download in the Microsoft Store. Both Facebook and Microsoft have confirmed the sudden departure of Facebook’s desktop app for Windows 10, further recommending users to use Facebook via a desktop browser instead.
Is Facebook launching a new desktop app for Windows 10?
Unfortunately, no. Facebook has no plans to launch a new desktop app for Windows 10 anytime soon, at least for now. However, Facebook did not say why the app has suddenly been removed from the Microsoft Store.
In their statement to Neowin, Facebook and Microsoft representatives had this to say:
“As of February 28, the Facebook desktop app for Windows is no longer available. People can still easily access and enjoy all of the features of Facebook via desktop browser.”
Meanwhile, Messenger and Instagram desktop apps for Windows 10 remain untouched. It is learned that Facebook is not going to remove Messenger and Instagram desktop apps for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store anytime soon.
Since neither Facebook nor Microsoft notified users about their decision to take down the app from the Microsoft Store, many users kept guessing as to what might have gone wrong.
Some users speculated this may be a temporary removal. Now that Facebook has confirmed that the app is not coming back, it will be interesting to see how some of the loyal Facebook desktop app users react to that.
One possibility is that Facebook did not have any strong reason to keep the desktop app alive. The Facebook app for Windows 10 did not have a substantial userbase, unlike Messenger and Instagram. The majority of Windows 10 users use Facebook using a web browser. So, clearly, there was hardly any point in maintaining an app that did not generate any traction.
That’s probably why Facebook doesn’t want to delete the Messenger and Instagram desktop apps just yet. Because there are many out there who still prefer to use Messenger and Instagram using separate Windows 10 apps.