Facebook will begin rolling out the redesigned version of its desktop site this spring.
The company teased a new look for its web interface last year, promising to make some major changes to the social network as it battles bad press from journalists and consumers.
At the time, the company didn’t share any information on when the New Facebook would launch, but after almost a year of waiting, the rollout is now expected by the start of spring.
The social network, which also owns Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp, has reportedly been testing the new design with a select group of users, allowing them to try out the new interface ahead of its release.
According to CNET, consumers who have opted into beta testing on the platform will be given the ability to try out the new look in the coming weeks via an on-screen prompt.
A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed that the new-look design would roll out before the end of March and that everyone would be able to experience the redesign for themselves.
One of the biggest new features coming to the redesign is the ability to activate Dark Mode, reducing the strain of scrolling through Facebook in the dark. It’s expected that the Dark Mode will also come to iOS and Android, following Messenger and Instagram’s integration.
Speaking of its new look, Facebook said: “We’re rolling out FB5, a fresh new design for Facebook that’s simpler, faster, more immersive and puts your communities at the center.
“Overall, we’ve made it easier to find what you’re looking for and get to your most-used features.
“This redesign makes it easy for people to go from public spaces to more private ones, like Groups. There are tens of millions of active groups on Facebook.
“When people find the right one, it often becomes the most meaningful part of how they use Facebook. Today, more than 400 million people on Facebook belong to a group that they find meaningful. That’s why we’re introducing new tools that will make it easier for you to discover and engage with groups of people who share your interests.”
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