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Today we are announcing availability of Messenger Connect () beta. Messenger Connect allows users to communicate, share, and connect with their Messenger friends on other websites. It is a flexible, yet prescriptive set of APIs to help create intuitive experiences that can be tightly integrated into a website or another app. Windows Live users Messenger, Hotmail, and SkyDrive users can opt in to provide access to their identity (sign-in, profile, relationships, and additional user data), share updates about the things they’ve done via Messenger social, and chat with their friends, all from within the experience of another website or app.
The unique value of ”connect like” products for web sites and apps isn’t in the technology (read all about the glue), but rather in the audience that can be reached and user connections that can be made. Hundreds of millions of people will be able to connect what they do on their favorite websites with the new Windows Live user experiences – the new Windows Live Hotmail, Messenger (+iPhone), SkyDrive for your photos and Office docs, and the new Essentials beta - all great new experiences that Messenger Connect now enables partner websites to connect to.
Messenger Connect enables three core scenarios for websites and app developers:
Many of the components that have evolved into Messenger Connect have been around for several years (Messenger Web Toolkit, Live ID Web Authentication, Delegated Authentication, and the Windows Live Contacts API), but this is the first time we’ve delivered a suite of standards-based, self-service APIs as a package. To understand how Messenger Connect works, from authorization, to the different interfaces and controls, to the emerging standards/specifications we use (OAuth WRAP, Portable Contacts, ActivityStrea.ms, and OData), check out this post.
Below are some screenshots from a website that is using Messenger Connect through a Gigya integration:
Over the past few months we've worked closely with industry leaders from a technology, policy and scenario perspective. The feedback we received from these partners has been critical in the development of Messenger Connect – it has directly helped shape our development so far, and your feedback can help shape our development in the future.
Over the next couple of months, as we expand the beta, you will see many more partner sites go live.
Messenger Connect is now open in beta form to any developer or website for the core scenarios outlined above (more info). We're working hard to deliver additional scenarios, and will ship a final release later on this year. You can get more info here and if you have feedback, check out this forum post. Also – be sure to subscribe to the Windows Live for Developers Blog – that is where we’ll be posting lots of developer and user experience related details about Messenger Connect.
I have friends on amazon when will windows live messager connect with amazon friends.
What happened to the "show my webcam" feature? Is there a reason for this?
still waiting for a "show my webcam" update.. this new version sucks.
How about you get "show my webcam" back instead?
Hope the signup for Messenger Connect Beta is fast. 1 hour and counting....
@Asade, you're right in saying that this concept is not unique, but I don't think "uniqueness" is the point here? Instead I think we should focus on how Messenger Connect could benefit its users.
@eddie - see the comment by Michael Chang on this post (windowsteamblog.com/.../announcing-the-new-windows-live-essentials-beta.aspx) on June 28, 2010
What about Integration with Twitter?
You're right anymore. I'm not even going to use the new one when it comes out in final. I'd rather use Pidgin anymore.
Although this is a neat concept for some things.
@Asade - The Messenger Connect sharing badge, unlike other sharing badges, allows you to "broadcast" i.e. share as a social update in Messenger, OR to send an isntant message to a a friend.
ohh come one, whats unique about it...
This whole new "windows live messenger" is no longer a messenger its a facebook app