Windows Live Essentials rolled out an update for Windows Live Messenger to allow Messenger users to connect with their Facebook friends. Messenger has social networking built into it and the Live Messenger App on Facebook allows you to keep your Facebook profile pepped with your Windows Live activity. The new avatar of Messenger allows you to connect to other services like LinkedIn, MySpace, WordPress etc.
Now the latest piece of tidbit came to my attention on Twitter through MSFTNews, which pointed me to an article that the Live Messenger App on Facebook has reached #2 spot in the most popular apps on Facebook within 3 months of it’s launch.
An excerpt from the below article:
Microsoft released the latest version of Messenger with a deep integration of Facebook and Facebook chat less than three months ago. In order to allow both Microsoft to connect its 300 million Messenger users to Facebook without running into performance issues, the two companies decided to roll this partnership out slowly. At this point, Microsoft tells us, only about 20% of Messenger users have access to it, making these numbers even more impressive.
I too was a victim of the #1 app, Farmville and #8, Mafia Wars until sometime back, much to the consternation of my friends receiving the constant updates regarding the gaming activity from these two applications.
Read more about it here.
As I had mentioned in one of my previous posts that I was playing around with Windows Live Essentials 2011. I just discovered that Windows Live Mail now shows threaded conversations. Yipee! I have been using Outlook 2010 since the CTP days and have been using the conversation thread feature for all my folders other than my Inbox. I am used to seeing the latest mails right at the top in my Inbox and get quite confused when I don’t see my Inbox view in that manner. (Read: some habits are averse to change). But now with the conversation threading feature available in Windows Live Mail, all the junk that I get from the various online web services that I have an account with can be clubbed together and deleted without making my inbox look cluttered. I am also shifting all my online accounts (which are important and frequently accessed like WordPress) to my Hotmail account. With the new Windows Live Mail client, it’s like I am using a mini-version of Outlook!!
My latest Tweet:
Installed Windows Live Essentials 2011… Waiting to explore it a bit more…
As per the MS Downloads page overview, Windows Live Essentials includes Windows Live Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail, Writer, Family Safety, Windows Live Mesh, Bing Bar, Messenger Companion, Microsoft Silverlight, and Outlook Connector Pack (Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector and Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger). You can install just a few of these programs or all of Windows Live Essentials. So far, I have just given Windows Live Messenger and Live Writer a run. Live Writer’s new interface reminds me of MS Word and Messenger’s new avatar makes it look like the MSN website but it’s only a collection of updates from your connections on various services like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace etc.