Social media giant Instagram said that the company is testing direct messaging from the desktop website by rolling out an update to specific users.
Some Instagram users will now be able to access group chats and private messages from the browser too. The company in a statement on Tuesday claimed that they were testing Direct messaging on the web which would allow users to read and reply to their messages from wherever they are. The idea of bringing DM to web browsers came out about a year ago when Facebook revealed its plans to diversify Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram by providing direct messaging service to their respective desktop websites. This feature could come in very handy for professionals or people who do not want to chat via their smartphones.
The feature doesn’t bring anything new, it just allows you to use the Instagram direct messaging feature from your desktop or laptop computer. Users can read or write to regular chats and group messages, get message notifications and also ’like’ the messages as they can do on their smartphones. Via a newly added “message” button, you will be allowed to create chats from the profile screen and share posts to others via DM. Like smartphones, users will also be able to receive notifications on the desktop if the browser supports it.
The company also revealed that end-to-end encryption would be expanded to these platforms from WhatsApp. This means Instagram Direct and all of Facebook Messenger will also include end-to-end encryption. This security protocol means that no third-party service would be able to decrypt or view the contents of a message.
Although Instagram is a mobile service, many users still prefer chatting over their computers due to much faster typing on a proper keyboard. This is thus great news at least for a percentage of users who have been included in a new Instagram test. For now, there’s no word on when this update will be officially available. To come publicly, it will go through several beta test phases before a stable version is released. Instagram Stories are already on the web, so we can expect direct messaging to come on browsers soon.