To access the standalone web page for messaging, users need to login with their Facebook account at the link

However, the company has no plans to remove messaging from its main site. The sole purpose of the Facebook Messenger is 'messaging' and its web version is just a 'blown-up' mobile version of the same.

The new messenger is not a proper desktop app but has a barebones settings menu through which users can enable or disable sound effects and desktop notifications.

All other account activities, which could distract users while chatting, like, viewing news feed, visiting someone`s profile, blocking a contact or making any privacy settings changes, would be done through the primary site itself.