FBDesktop is exactly what you'd expect from the name: a desktop version of the popular social networking site. With FBDesktop, you can access your Facebook News Feeds, including status updates from friends, albums, and the Facebook blog, and most importantly, access to Facebook Chat. Probably it's most useful feature, it gives you a chance to access your Facebook Chat with pop-up messages in a Windows Messenger style.
FBDesktop looks much like a chat-type program with three tabs at the top to see News Feeds, Friends and Recent Chats. Unlike the web version, FBDesktop chat doesn't let you see when a person is typing, has received or seen your messages. The chat is organized in a strange way, sorting your friends according to the network you know them from (work, university, city, etc.) and includes your entire Facebook friends list. There is a separate section for 'Recently Chatted Friends' but there doesn't appear to be one place where you can see all of your friends who are currently online.
Clicking on a friend to view their profile takes you to the Facebook website where you have to log in again. When we tested the desktop version, the News Feed and Timeline functions didn't load properly.
When minimizing FBDesktop, it goes into your system tray as opposed to being pinned to your Windows taskbar which makes opening it each time a bit more work than desired, although open conversations do minimize to the taskbar. Overall, the app could be useful for those heavily using Facebook Chat, but it needs to be better organized to optimize its usability.