Messenger now available in Hotmail

Today Microsoft rolled out a new feature in Windows Live Hotmail, that allows contacts to sign in and use their Web Messenger directly from their Inbox.

The added feature allows contacts to sign in automatically when logging into their inbox, via both Firefox and Internet Explorer (does not work in Google Chrome). Users can sort through their contact list by groups and categories, as well as see display pictures and send emoticons.

This feature was originally available to France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the UK last month and is now available to Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the USA starting today.



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Doesn't work for me. As soon as someone tries to send me a message, I get logged out. So as long as no one talks to me, I'm good. :-/

So if I have already my Live messenger logged in at work in "Appear Offline" mode and check my emails at home on my lunch break, will it log in to web messenger as "Available" ?

Nope, it doesn't work out that way. In order to log in from multiple places, you need to make sure that everywhere you log on from is through WLM 2009, otherwise you can't log in from multiple places. So as soon as you logon from the Web messenger, you'll be logged off from your work computer (WLM 2009).

As for your query, you will be logged in as "Available", unless there is an option to pre-set your status to "Appear Offline" on the web messenger.

This is nice, but I won't use it much.

What I'd like in Hotmail is support for dynamic themes - something which just about every other Windows Live service has. A new favicon would also be much better like Spaces has, but the Windows Live Hotmail logo.

It is actually ridiculous that this has been overlooked by the Windows Live Team.

I think they have to keep in mind the countries where the internet speeds are not so good and ofcourse places in the world where people still rely on Dial Up connections.

Correct me if I'm missing the point here, but doesn't dynamic themes mean more b/w required?

I really hate how they only release the features to set countries, living in India means getting the features months later. One easy way of beating this system is to change your location. I've got mine set to Australia.

Well this is for when you're not at your computer and don't have WLM installed, you can now use it through a browser on the go at any PC.

Wonderful move by Hotmail, they just keep getting better and better. Its about time they dropped the ads too.

GP007 said,
Ads keep the program and services free though. Why drop something that gives them money and lets you use it for free?

I do agree with you and ads on the main mailbox are alright/passable, but putting an ad at the bottom of every mail sent via your browser is too much. That's why I prefer to use Outlook Connector, it doesn't put the annoying ad at the bottom of the mail you send out.

You still can't delete contacts on your block list.

I have a friend that died a few years back that I can't stop from showing up in my messenger.

Windows Live Messenger is a failure, as basic functionality has never been available.

Worst features ever, lets not allow people to remove people they don't like. This converts to people not liking the program because they can't remove the people they don't like.

sambeckett said,
You still can't delete contacts on your block list.

I have a friend that died a few years back that I can't stop from showing up in my messenger.

Windows Live Messenger is a failure, as basic functionality has never been available.

Worst features ever, lets not allow people to remove people they don't like. This converts to people not liking the program because they can't remove the people they don't like.


Go to your contacts in Hotmail
Click on person you are referencing above
Click Edit at the top
5th field down should be Windows Live ID and underneath a checkbox to use in WLM.

Hope that helps you out.

not really, my live ID is a yahoo email address so I don't have hotmail.


but even if I did, how would unchecking WLM remove them from my messenger block list?


can you try this for yourself before trying to give advice.

I have been trying to get people removed from my messenger for the last 9 years.

This is simply impossible to do in windows messenger.

Haven't use Hotmail since GMail came out. GMail been having something similar to this on their webmail for awhile now. Why now MS?

t0628 said,
Haven't use Hotmail since GMail came out. GMail been having something similar to this on their webmail for awhile now. Why now MS?

Yes... cause microsoft ALWAYS release things on time.

t0628 said,
Haven't use Hotmail since GMail came out. GMail been having something similar to this on their webmail for awhile now. Why now MS?

Because Messenger is not Gtalk?

dead.cell said,
Captain Obvious to the rescue. SWOOOOOSH! :)

Hey now, it was valid To expand on it for the others...

Gmail was likely designed with it in mind. Hotmail wouldn't have been, and would have to support a far more well established (and likely more complex) set of protocols.

Messenger in Hotmail would also likely be used a hell of a lot more, thus needs far more backend support.

Can you guys not read? "This feature was originally available to France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the UK last month and is now available to Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the USA starting today."

Yes I can read. The statement about it being available from last month in those countries mentioned is wrong which why I said I've had it for 3 months at least.

lee26 said,
Yes I can read. The statement about it being available from last month in those countries mentioned is wrong which why I said I've had it for 3 months at least.

And which country are you in?

Tom W said,
Can you guys not read? "This feature was originally available to France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the UK last month and is now available to Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the USA starting today."

Spare me, ok?
News header: Messenger now available in Hotmail.
News body: Today Microsoft rolled out a new feature in Windows Live Hotmail, that allows contacts to sign in and use their Web Messenger directly from their Inbox.
News end: "This feature was originally available to France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the UK last month and is now available to Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the USA starting today."

New is the negation of old.

lee26 said,
UK

I'm in the UK and it hasn't been working for me for 3 months. There were a lot of bugs with it's implementation on my account and it was even taken out for a time.

Now, this week, it is back on my account and is fully working for me.

Can you guys not read? "This feature was originally available to France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the UK last month and is now available to Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the USA starting today."

It appeared today in my Live account. Unfortunately it's useless since there is no way to sort contacts by availability (I hope i'm wrong).

E.Fahd said,
It appeared today in my Live account. Unfortunately it's useless since there is no way to sort contacts by availability (I hope i'm wrong).

Not that I have seen yet, hopefully it'll come soon.

One thing I do miss is the ability to message someone who has their status as "Appear Offline". If they message me I can't reply to them using the web messenger, I have to go back to the normal WLM client to message with that person.

I'm reading tons of comments saying "it's about time", etc. However, Web Messenger was integrated with Hotmail YEARS ago.

As an example:
3/22/07: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2106864,00.asp

12/4/04: http://news.techwhack.com/553-microsoft-integrated-services
"Even hotmail is now integrated with MSN Messenger. Hotmail shows a drop down with the online MSN Messenger contacts. Moreover, with integration with the MSN Web Messenger you can get in touch with messenger friends from hotmail directly without downloading the software itself."

I recall a bug about five or six years ago when logging into Hotmail automatically logged you out of the 32-bit client.

Am I missing something revolutionary here? It has to be revolutionary, because it seems like everybody is getting all excited, and I'm thinking this is some PR campaign for something that people apparently never discovered even before MSN rebranded to Windows Live...