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Voice Messaging finally hits Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone

Windows Phone owners rejoice. Facebook Messenger on the Microsoft smartphone platform is finally getting up to speed with its iOS and Android cousins, with a new update letting users send voice messages.

The app has been accused of being limited in scope compared to other versions on different smartphone operating systems. This update, however, will at least bring it closer to parity, although voice calling is still missing in action from the Windows Phone edition.

There is no word on when, or indeed if, Windows users will be able to make calls via the app.

On top of voice messages, Facebook has also managed to cut down on the amount of data the app uses, so firing off missives to your pals won’t eat into as much of your precious data allowance as before.

Messenger has become a key plank in Facebook’s mobile strategy. The social network is looking to kill off the ability to message pals in its regular app, instead forcing users to download Messenger in order to chat directly.

Windows Phone continues to struggle against iOS and Android, however. New figures released today by analysts IDC showed its global market share has dropped to 2.5 percent, with sales down by 9.4 percent.

Microsoft is expected to reveal a new Lumia phone next month during IFA 2014, but faces a tough task with both the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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