Facebook has overhauled the way you read private messages on the world’s most popular social network. In the latest update, Facebook replaces old inbox with the web version of Messenger app.
Your Facebook inbox now resembles the standalone Messenger mobile app, bringing uniformity in the Facebook user experience. The new Messenger interface on Facebook now has built-in emoji, stickers and GIF buttons, as well as payment options to transfer money to your constants, and some casual games.
If you’ve received the new Facebook inbox update, you’ll notice a few changes when you access Facebook from the desktop.
To begin with, the previous inbox icon has been replaced with the Messenger icon. When clicked, you’ll be taken to a revamped inbox similar to the web version of Messenger.
Here, the left-hand side of the screen shows those friends you have recently chatted with, while the center of the interface shows the content of the currently selected chat session.
The right-hand side of the screen brings something new too, as it shows the name of the friend in the selected chat, as well as gives access to other Messenger features.
This includes the ability to search previous chats, edit names, change chat’s color, change emoji, and mute conversations. There’s also a direct link to the friend’s Facebook profile for easy access, and at the bottom, there are photos you have shared with your friend in Messenger. At the top-right of the screen, there are options to make voice calls and video calls.
Other notable features are hidden in the Settings icon on the top-left corner, which includes access to your “Message Requests”, Archived threads, active contacts, and more.
On the desktop, Facebook replaces old inbox with the web version of Messenger in order to provide a complementary counterpart to Facebook’s popular mobile Messenger app.
Facebook Messenger’s head Marcus has little to say on what’s next to come but mentioned that the company has planned to launch a directory of bots to help build Messenger platform using technologies like A.I. Overall, Facebook replaces old inbox with Messenger to make it a social network of its own.