Facebook has unveiled a website for its standalone messaging tool, allowing users to chat with their friends outside of Facebook’s site by logging onto messenger.com.
The company has already made a similar move on mobile, as Facebook users are now required to download the Messenger app in order to send and receive messages from the site.
However, a spokesperson confirmed to Re/code that Facebook does not have plans to remove the messaging tool from its core web service, so users can still access messages from Facebook and will not be prompted to use messenger.com.
The purpose of giving the messaging tool its own site is to provide users with a way to keep their focus on messaging without the other distractions of Facebook, a spokesperson told Re/code.
Messenger.com will be available in English and will launch in other languages in the coming weeks.