Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone has been updated with several improvements including the ability to record and send voice messages through the service. It has been one of the most requested features for the app and for Windows Phone users, was one of the ways that Messenger for iOS was ahead as it had this feature. Rejoice Windows Phone users, you now have it too!
When you are messaging with a friend on Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone now when you tap the menu button in the lower
right corner you will see an option to “send voice clip”. Tap this, record your message and send it to your friend. Quick and painless and the overall quality of these messages are pretty good. Obviously things like background noise can come into play but on the whole I have found the recordings to be of good quality.
The other big change that has come in this update for Messenger for Windows Phone is now you can send emoticons like smiles and the like. Prior to the update when you sent a : – ) it would send it as just that, characters. Now when you send it, it morphs to :-). Pretty slick but in the messaging game, some what table stakes.
Other improvements in the app bring improved data usage of your data plan (which is what Messenger leverages) and overall stability improvements.
Love them or hate them, Facebook does a good job of listening to their users for the most part. These features in Messenger for Windows Phone were fundamentally driven from user demand. Now you have them peeps, go use them.
Messenger for Windows Phone is a free app and requires a Facebook account along with your phone running Windows Phone 8.0 or 8.1.