Facebook Messenger for desktop has been discontinued, but users can still connect to Facebook Chat via third-party apps
Skype provides instant messaging, video chat and news feed functionality for users
Digsby is customizable
Digsby offers social notifications and functionality as well as instant messaging
Pidgin is a simple, stripped back instant messaging client
Trillian has a clean, easy-to-use interface
Facebook has discontinued support for its Messenger for Windows Desktop client for Facebook Chat. The move follows an abrupt announcement last week and will mean that Facebook no longer offers a desktop instant messaging client of its own. Users can, however, still use third-party applications to connect to Facebook chat from their desktops. Gizmag takes a look at a selection of instant messaging options that can be used to connect to Facebook Chat from the desktop, some of which are recommended by Facebook itself.
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