Facebook Chat coming soon to Windows Live Web Messenger

The keen eyes over at Liveside.net have spotted that Microsoft have a few tweaks and additions coming to the Windows Live websites’ header, as well as Web Messenger.

Only a few weeks ago Microsoft released a beta refresh for Windows Live Essentials which saw a new feature in Messenger allowing people to chat with their Facebook friends just like talking to their Messenger friends. However, this ability was not made available on the Web version of Messenger and people could only chat to their Messenger friends. But this looks set to change.

On the Windows Live Phone service (which Microsoft has recently tweaked), that Neowin wrote about last week, it can be seen that a refined header is being used with a few new options and it features Facebook Chat integration. When hovering over the Messenger link in the header a Facebook category appears on this site. The status of contacts is shown just like within Messenger, if a friend is available to chat to they have a green icon and an orange one for away; if you are also friends with them in Messenger then they can also be set to busy which is a red icon.

The chat box has also been tweaked to reflect the Facebook Chat addition as it is now possible to select which chat protocol is being used for the conversation. This feature also allows people to select SMS as a chat option.

Within the header are a few new additions such as link to “mobile” which looks to be a special area of the Windows Live Devices service. This link, although not active, points to https://devices.live.com/Devices/Mobile. Another tweak is that an arrow has been added beside the user’s name to show that there is a menu available, this menu now features a Facebook Chat toggle too.

One final feature that was spotted by Liveside is that when a user is signed in to Messenger on a PC it’s not possible to have a conversation via Web Messenger as Messenger windows will now force themselves to be used. However if a user is not signed in to Messenger then it is possible to chat to people in the browser. Before this refinement it was possible to chat to people via both Messenger and Web Messenger at the same time. (Signing into Messenger when conversations in Windows Live Phone were open sees them closed, however when navigating to a different Windows Live site the conversation reopens. Microsoft have yet to update the Web Messenger across most of the Windows Live sites.)

It has been rumoured that Microsoft will make available a release candidate of Windows Live Essentials 2011 soon and it's likely that at a similar time they will also update the Windows Live sites.

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Can you make phone calls and receive phone calls with this Messenger? Now that would be a killer feature. I don't know if they do because I don't use it.

Jebadiah said,
Can you make phone calls and receive phone calls with this Messenger? Now that would be a killer feature. I don't know if they do because I don't use it.

Pretty sure you can purchase minutes to make calls and you can probably receive them as well, though I'm not 100% on that.

Agreed facebook is becoming to large.. I came off the website not because I feared security risks like some, I have nothing to hide from the world.. .well maybe some things lol.. But na i removed myself from the site as the people I care about I make a point of seeing anyways, all I ever did on that side was update people with info of were I was drunk, and to come out with bad bitter comments I sometimes regretted posting later lol... So really its a waste of time for me... A lot of people use it as a means of keeping in touch with loved ones or friends who they don't see that much so its good for some... But its had its day with me, and its defiantly integrated into far to much software now... there should be a **** off I don't use facebook button in software installs.

I really hope this is not going to be a forced update, I have used the beta. And for someone who uses facebook, fab nice work... But I don't use facebook any more and the update is very big.. I use google chrome im a minimalist lol.. Really though I hate the update, even apatch cant fix this new version.

The Web Messanger? Who is suing that anyway? Couldn't they put some time on developing their iphone app instead? Havn't got a single update since it's release and it isnt up to par with any IM on the iphone, and i kinda expected them to give us the best

Leonick said,
The Web Messanger? Who is suing that anyway? Couldn't they put some time on developing their iphone app instead? Havn't got a single update since it's release and it isnt up to par with any IM on the iphone, and i kinda expected them to give us the best

I use Gmail web chat on a day to day basis - I presume it's the same for Windows Live users.

And honestly, you think it's the same team working on web messenger and iOS messenger?

mdew said,
I wonder if Microsoft will support xmpp also, afterall, that is what facebook chat uses.

Would be fantastic, I'd love to be able to connect to Google Talk through Windows Live Messenger. But I don't see it happening unfortunately.

How about they enable Facebook Chat for non-web users of Windows Live Messenger before they turn this one on? I still cannot enable Facebook chat. I think it might have to do with country settings.

rm20010 said,
How about they enable Facebook Chat for non-web users of Windows Live Messenger before they turn this one on? I still cannot enable Facebook chat. I think it might have to do with country settings.

I can add Myspace and Facebook to my MSN Messenger (latest live essentials 2011 beta) on both my old HK account and new US account.

rm20010 said,
How about they enable Facebook Chat for non-web users of Windows Live Messenger before they turn this one on? I still cannot enable Facebook chat. I think it might have to do with country settings.

just go change your country to US

rm20010 said,
How about they enable Facebook Chat for non-web users of Windows Live Messenger before they turn this one on? I still cannot enable Facebook chat. I think it might have to do with country settings.

It works only in the 2011 beta

I still don't see the point in using a certain service's client. I have Trillian manage my AIM, MSN, Facebook, IRC, etc easily.

Recon415 said,
I still don't see the point in using a certain service's client. I have Trillian manage my AIM, MSN, Facebook, IRC, etc easily.

Different tastes n all that jazz.

Recon415 said,
I still don't see the point in using a certain service's client. I have Trillian manage my AIM, MSN, Facebook, IRC, etc easily.

Can Trillian do audio/video chat as good as WLM? Last time I checked, it didn't. I don't get why you use so many different protocols. All my friends use MSN, I know no one that uses AIM.

And for IRC, I'll choose mIRC over anything anyday.

Glendi said,

Can Trillian do audio/video chat as good as WLM? Last time I checked, it didn't. I don't get why you use so many different protocols. All my friends use MSN, I know no one that uses AIM.

And for IRC, I'll choose mIRC over anything anyday.

just because your friends dont, doesnt mean no one else does...

Recon415 said,
I still don't see the point in using a certain service's client. I have Trillian manage my AIM, MSN, Facebook, IRC, etc easily.

lolz..who cares abt trillian? Facebook chat works fine with live messenger...n who use yahoo or aim now? but sumtyms i use google talk, i don need client for that, i use web messenger. soooh..it was all that we need. plus i don wanna but that thing just for chatting.

Recon415 said,
I still don't see the point in using a certain service's client. I have Trillian manage my AIM, MSN, Facebook, IRC, etc easily.

Combining two of the biggest social services seems like a good idea to me