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Users can still send and receive messages on Facebook and it is not known yet whether this will be removed in due course.
Jack Kent, principal mobile analyst at IHS Technology told Mail Online that by splitting Facebook services, it reduces the different ways in which the site has to handle messages in its standard app and site.
It was bought over by Microsoft as a replacement for its Live Messenger IM tool.
Messenger was also upgraded to let users share photos, audio and videos and make calls (left).
And Messenger can now be used for making payments to friends (right)Elsewhere, the Messenger team is working with partners including ESPN and the Bad Robot film production company owned by Hollywood director J. Abrams to release applications that work on the Messenger platform.
One of these Messenger upgrades was designed to connect customers with companies (example pictured), called Messenger Business.
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