Messenger Connect is out of beta and available worldwide

Messenger Connect is out of beta and available worldwide

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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).

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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.

  • Easier to check out –We made it faster and simpler for partners to try out Messenger Connect and determine if it would be useful for their sites. For example: you can try out the real time chat control without needing to write any code. Learn at the Windows Live Developer Center
  • Easier to adopt and integrate– We reduced the effort needed for sites to implement Messenger Connect usefully and powerfully by providing new tools and sample code for template selectors and more. Sample code

  • More complete, and consistent with our data portability and privacy principles – Many partner sites want to allow their users to send invitations and other email messages to their Messenger friends to help them discover and start using their sites. Historically, they could do this using the Contacts API. However, as previously announced, we no longer allow open access to that API, due to conflicts with our data portability and privacy principles. In its place, we’re now offering a brokered invitation API that gives users most of these same capabilities without revealing the email addresses of their contacts to the partner site.

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

Jeff Kunins
Group Program Manager, Windows Live

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  • @johndonnelly -- thanks very much for the positive feedback, we deeply appreciate it

  • 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!!!!

  • 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 ?