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  • Facebook officially launched its redesigned desktop website on Friday, May 8th.
  • The new Facebook design looks much more like the mobile app, loads faster than before, removes much of the clutter of the old design, and introduces dark mode.
  • You can opt in to the new Facebook design at any time in your browser

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Social media giant Facebook is finally rolling out its redesigned website to everyone. This new redesign rolls out after months of testing and about a year after the initial announcement at F8 2019. Taking a look at the new redesign, we get a minimalist, cleaner design on the desktop website. The company stated the initial testing for the new design in October last year. After the initial tests, Facebook rolled out the design to a small number of users. It also added the option to enable the new design for a large number of users in March.

There’s a new ‘+’ sign on the top panel that not only lets you create a post or a life event, but it also easily lets you create events, pages, groups, and even ads on Facebook. The social media giant notes on its blog that users can even ‘preview a new Group you’re starting in real time, and see what it looks like on mobile before you create it’. The top panel also has a new Watch section that lists all recommended videos based on viewing history and likes. We also spotted a new ‘Gaming’ option on the top panel that lists all the games that users can play without leaving Facebook.

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“We’ve grown since Facebook.com launched 16 years ago,” the team says. “We’ve built new features, optimized for new devices and operating systems, and expanded to hundreds of languages. Recently we’d focused on the mobile Facebook experience, and realized our desktop site had fallen behind. People need it to keep up. So we did on-the-ground research, spending months talking to people about how we could make the web experience better for them. Now we’re excited to deliver the new site, a great new foundation for the next decades of Facebook.com.”

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