As announced at last year’s F8 conference, Facebook has now confirmed that it has started releasing the new interface of its desktop application. The release will be progressive and will be extended to all over the next few weeks.
Since it was launched 16 years ago, Facebook.com has grown a lot. We introduced new features, optimized it for new devices and new operating systems and made it available in hundreds of languages. We have recently focused on the mobile experience and as a result the desktop experience has lagged a little behind.
These, in summary, the main news:
- Find things faster: find what you are looking for faster thanks to the new simplified navigation. In addition, the homepage will load faster and the transition from one page to another will be faster.
- Cleaner look, bigger texts: bigger fonts and a simplified layout will simplify your operations.
- Watch photos and videos in full screen: stay updated and comment on Stories, videos and albums thanks to a new, more engaging layout.
- Manage Pages, Groups and Events easily: with the new version, it is easier to create Events, Pages, Groups and insertions. You will be able to preview in real-time a new Group that you are creating, checking how it looks from mobile before publishing it.
- Fatigue less eyesight: the new Black Background mode is less bright, with less contrast and less brilliance. This mode minimizes screen reflection for use in low light conditions.
The interface, which renounces blue in favour of lighter shades, has been simplified and made faster with the ultimate goal of placing communications between users in the foreground. The desktop experience will be more similar to the mobile experience. Also available a “dark mode”, less bright, with less contrast and less brilliance. This mode minimizes the reflection of the screen for use in low light conditions as well as less straining the view.
With the new version, it is easier to create Events, Pages, Groups and insertions and it is possible to see in real-time the preview of a new Group that is being created, checking how it looks from mobile before publishing it.
In recent weeks, remember, Facebook has announced Messenger Rooms, a group video calling service that allows you to create a virtual Room directly from Messenger or Facebook and invite anyone to join, even those who do not have a Facebook account.