It has long been rumoured, but at their F8 conference today Facebook confirmed that users will soon be able to message each other across Facebook’s 3 big messaging platforms.

“We believe people should be able to talk to anyone anywhere,” said Messenger’s head of consumer product Asha Sharma.

Facebook said users will be able to send messages across Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp and that messages will be end-to-end encrypted.

Sharma did not reveal when the interoperability will arrive, but it has been earlier rumoured to happen before the end of the year.