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Continuing with our ongoing partnering strategy, Messenger Connect enables our 500 million users to easily share what they’re doing across the web with their friends in Messenger & Hotmail. It also makes it easy for our partners to embed the world’s largest instant messaging network right into their sites and apps.
Today, we are pleased to announce that Messenger Connect is out of beta and available worldwide. We’ve gotten a great response so far: leading sharing syndicators ShareThis, AddThis, Gigya, and AddToAny have already made the Windows Live sharing badge available on more than 1 million websites (check it out now on Bing).
Over 2500 developers gave us great feedback during the beta, helping us to refine and improve this release of Messenger Connect. Below is a quick summary, but for all the details check out this post from Angus on the Windows Live for Developers blog. Our focus with the release of Messenger Connect was to make it easier for partners to adopt, without compromising user privacy.
We will continue to evolve Messenger Connect to provide a great experience for consumers and great value to partners. If you’d like to join the discussion about Messenger Connect, check out dev.live.com/forums.
Jeff Kunins Group Program Manager, Windows Live
Quote: Continuing with our ongoing partnering strategy, Messenger Connect enables our 500 million users to easily share what they’re doing across the web with their friends in Messenger & Hotmail.
WHEN will MS make sure to _secure_ those 500 million users with full-session SSL ?? I know it's been promised... and promised. But SSL seems to take a backseat to just about every other bell and whistle developers can invent. Great as these other features are, what's the point of using them in a non-secure web environment ? Hotmail accounts are hacked by the dozens. (A search for "Hotmail" at YouTube will produce more results showing how to HACK a Hotmail account than how to use/enjoy one !!) Windows Live forums are permeated with frustrated users trying to get someone's attention to help them reclaim their hijacked accounts. I realize full-session SSL isn't THE solution to such problems, but it's a significant step toward it. Why.... WHY.... won't MS devote more time and energy to implement *that* security feature before introducing its host of wonderful features that are available in non-secure webmail sessions ?
SSL recommendation notwithstanding....
I was checking my mail this morning on Windows Live and looking at all the great functionality and integration that Windows Live has with Social Networks, Office, Spaces etc. I just had to find a way to tell the Live team what an awesome job they are doing. It is the best kept secret in the world! Google can't hold a candle to what this is and will become. Ballmer said it right about Google Docs, "very primitive" or something like that.
You guys have standards way above the Googs and it shows. You all may not be the first to market but I can always count on Microsoft to be the most refined and careful in their developments.
You all must get accolades all the time but I just had to say it. Keep up the awesome work. I bought the no ads deal and I will buy more Skydrive space when it is available. I will support this product because it is and will be awesome because it is Microsoft and you guys rock!!!!
@johndonnelly -- thanks very much for the positive feedback, we deeply appreciate it