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Facebook took another step away from the desktop on Thursday with the announcement that it’s canning its Messenger app for Windows and Firefox from next week.

The social network said support will end on March 3, in the following brief message sent to users:

We're sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger for Windows/Firefox, and it will stop working on March 3, 2014. We really appreciate you using Messenger to reach your friends, and we want to make sure you know that you can keep chatting and view all your messages on http://www.facebook.com.

As spotted by The Next Web, Facebook has already binned links to its Messenger for Windows installer and Messenger for Firefox page.

The abrupt move comes just days after Facebook announced it will be closing its little-used email service.

There’s no more info on exactly why the social networking behemoth is shuttering its desktop Messenger apps but the obvious conclusion would be to get more users communicating on the platform via their smartmobes. Or to clear the way for total world domination for its recent $19 billion purchase: mobile messaging service Whatsapp.

The firm has also confirmed a new Messenger app for Windows Phone 8 will be hitting the interwebs soon. ®

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