The Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone has been updated with several new features including the ability to message non-friends on Facebook contacts. The update is available now in the Windows Phone Store and for those keeping score at home, it is version 9.0.
The way the Facebook Messenger app sends messages to non-friends is via SMS. If you have a contact on your Windows Phone who you are not friends with on Facebook, you can send that contact a SMS straight from within the Messenger app itself. There is no need to go to Messages on your phone. Essentially what Facebook is trying to do is become your center for all of your messaging – just like what Skype wants to do. In fact you can actually SMS anyone from within the app. All you have to do is enter a phone number of the person you want to text.
The other big update to the Facebook Messenger app is the ability to add drawings or text to photos in your camera roll before
sending them via the app. Think of it as adding a caption to a photo on-the-fly.
Overall the performance of Messenger has improved with this release. Many users of the last build complained of slow response and generally lag in the app. I upgraded it this morning before I upgraded to Build 14203 and it was noticeably improved. Under 14203 it is extremely responsive.
The Update is available now in the Windows Phone Store and it is a free update or download. To use the app you will need to have a Facebook account.