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We’re excited to announce today that Facebook chat is now available to over 75 million more Messenger customers worldwide, wherever Facebook is available.
In November, we gave an update on Messenger powering over 1.5 billion minutes of Facebook chat. Since then, the number of Messenger customers who have connected Messenger to Facebook has grown over 75% to nearly 18 million people. The addition of these new connections has nearly doubled the number of chat sessions between Messenger and Facebook to about 440 million, powering more than 2.8 billion minutes of Facebook chat. We expect even more progress with the availability of Facebook chat from Messenger to the remaining countries we’re releasing this feature to today.
But it’s not just Facebook. We’ve been working to build partnerships with Messenger that help customers connect to their friends across their different social networks. The number of connections Messenger customers are making to LinkedIn has more than doubled since our last update. Meanwhile, MySpace and YouTube connections have grown nearly 50% to remain among the top services among more than 75 great services that customers are connecting to Windows Live.
Now, no matter where you live in the world, you have one place to chat with all your friends, whether they’re on Messenger, Facebook or both. Once you connect your Windows Live account to Facebook, you can choose to turn on Facebook chat and Facebook updates in Messenger, letting you access these Facebook features from any place you connect to Messenger, like from your Hotmail inbox, or from the Messenger iPhone app. So even if your friends don’t have Messenger and Facebook connected, you can still chat with your Facebook friends from wherever you are…they’ll get your messages right in Facebook just as they would any other instant message.
Download the new Messenger as part of Windows Live Essentials 2011 today and see how you can use Facebook chat in Messenger. Facebook chat will start to roll out in these new markets later this evening.
We’re excited that we can now bring this deep integration with Facebook to our customers worldwide, wherever people use Facebook, and we look forward to continuing to partner with the leading services that our customers use across the internet.
Piero Sierra Group Program Manager, Windows Live
chatting is my live i upgrade my messenger for the best experience
Despite all those useful features and crafty interface, large number of end-users are yelling and urging for the changing-display-name option back (and they are still mad!). I really wonder how its worth keeping it without that option while most of the users are eager to have it back.. (forget about the skype and yahoo messenger for a second and think legacy msn messenger's way!)
Good job, fantastic FB chat by Live Messenger... I prefer this one than other services :-)
Puuuurlease...resting on your laurels for even a second whilst 2011 exists in its current form?
Windows Live Messenger is a great product, and the Facebook chat integration sure is nice - less time I have to spend actually "in" Facebook, and I can just talk to people using the all-in-one social breadth of WLM. The only real problem, from my experience, is the lack of support in Windows Phone 7. It'd be great if it were integrated into the same "Messaging" tile as SMS, just a swipe away to switch between the two.
The current implementation, a third-party app, could be best described as an unfortunate mess: It spontaneously deletes conversation history, randomly opens up new conversations with a contact that already has a conversation open, crashes far too often, and can't log in at the same time as any other Messenger device.
Why not, when people are loggin into their Hotmail account, then redirect them to a site that asks them to connect with some popular services, explain the benefits, but also provide the option to say no, and don't show me this again?
The same should happen too, when installing messenger: Do you want to connect with facebook, twitter, etc.?
- Like facebook does it when they have made updates on their security.
Yahoo! Messenger 11 also has Facebook chat and supports WinXP!!!!
I already use facebook chat externally, with Pidgin.
thank you ... finally! works perfectly ..
i only wish offline contacts on facebook were in a separate list or i could hide offline contacts altogether, quite a list with all those friends.That was an option omitted in this version of wlm