Facebook has launched a standalone messenger for users of Apple's iPad, and the latest version 7.0 is available for free download from the iTunes store.

Facebook messenger for iPad has been designed exclusively for users preferring comparatively larger iOS display devices. This means that users should get to see a new interface within the application plus a carryover of the functionality found in the 'Facebook messenger for iOS smartphones' application.

Prominent among these features include VOIP calling, stickers, and one-touch navigation to group chat.

However, certain recent functionalities, found in Facebook's standalone iPhone messenger, like 'split screen camera' and 'tap and hold video record' are conspicuous by their absence in the iPad Facebook messenger.

With Facebook having taken the standalone messenger to Apple's iPad range, users should get rid of dependence on various third-party messenger apps, along with being able to use their iPads in office (for internal communication with colleagues/supervisors).

Also, users who have installed both Facebook and the standalone Messenger on their iPads can immediately switch to Messenger with a single tap on the Messages button in Facebook, according to a TechCrunch report.

This feature should make it easy for users to multi-task along with keeping abreast of the latest conversations in a network initiated via the standalone Messenger.

Currently, Facebook's latest standalone Messenger is available only to iPad users and requires users to have iOS 7 or later versions.

Facebook's Messenger for iPad is expected to be extended to the Android platform soon.