Messenger now powering 2.8 Billion minutes of Facebook chat

When Windows Live Essentials 2011 launched back in October, including Windows Live Messenger with Facebook Connect. The partnership paid off very well for both Microsoft and Facebook, as Windows Live Messenger had become the second most popular application behind Farmville on a daily basis on Facebook, logging 1.5 Billion minutes of chat within the first month, as we reported back in November.

Since then, The Windows Blog, Inside Windows Live Team, is now reporting that the number of Messenger users 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.

But it isn't just Facebook, Piero Sierra, Group Program Manager, Windows Live Messenger & Mail, for Microsoft notes:

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.

Furthermore, Sierra also announced an expansion in the service:

We’re excited to announce today that Facebook chat is now available to over 75 million more Messenger customers worldwide, wherever Facebook is available.

The Facebook chat service has already started rolling out to new customers yesterday evening, so those who previously did not have this option are invited to upgrade to the latest Live Messenger, or enable it as shown here.

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This is interesting - I use Windows Live Messenger mostly to chat with colleagues in the office, but it's good to know that you can use it to connect with your Facebook contacts as well. Do you think that more people are using this over Google chat or Facebook chat on its own?

I can't say I'm surprised, considering the poorly-written Chat interface on Facebook itself usually gives an ambiguous error and refuses to work. WLM is basically the only way I can use FB Chat.

I dont even log into facebook that much I just use WLM for chat. I also have Pidgin installed and I notice that connecting to facebook chat with XMPP list more people than WLM if both are opened at the same time. Anyone know why?

I am not really into all the social networking sites, so after installing the new wlm version, i had to deal with the social popup windows and it's constant nagging. They should have an option to just totally disable these features. Furthermore, i installed windows live photogallery as well, since the program runs pretty well, however; i don't like the fact that it will auto login to live whenever i login to messenger and there is no option to turn that off. So i went back to there previous version without all the social stuff.

It's really nice you can use Facebook chat in whatever IM application. I've been using iChat for Facebook, which definitely is much better than just using the website.

I have a problem with 2011. It wont hold my user name and password and wont sign in automatically, so I put 2009 back on and now no probz.

NinjaGinger said,
I have a problem with 2011. It wont hold my user name and password and wont sign in automatically, so I put 2009 back on and now no probz.
You rolled back solely because it's not saving that user data?

Nagamasa said,
Now waiting for Twitter to appear so I dont need to twit my PSMs

But good job MS!

It amazes me that wasn't included at the start, and even more so that it hasn't been added in the mean time.

GeekTwo said,

It amazes me that wasn't included at the start, and even more so that it hasn't been added in the mean time.

Windows Live did have Twitter aggragation but Twitter changed their terms and apparently Microsoft has been able to negotiate a new deal yet.

To bad 2011 overall is the worst yet, it crashes if you leave it alone for a while. 2008 was the best, for what was there at that time period.

Gaffney said,
To bad 2011 overall is the worst yet, it crashes if you leave it alone for a while. 2008 was the best, for what was there at that time period.

Never had a problem with 2011. Could it be you have something conflicting with it? Some background service or an anti-virus maybe ?

Gaffney said,
To bad 2011 overall is the worst yet

+1

Rolled back right away to 2009 version...
Bring back nicknames! Using "real" name without informing users = major privacy concern.

For those opposed to nicknames because of the few people who change their nicknames to something completely random: I'm also annoyed by *that* kind of names. Maybe a hover-option or just the option to choose how your list is shown (real name or nicknames) is a good compromise, which can't be too hard to implement.

3/4 people I talk to are not happy about their nicknames being gone (or better, about their real name being shown without being informed about it)

Jeffrey89 said,

+1

Rolled back right away to 2009 version...
Bring back nicknames! Using "real" name without informing users = major privacy concern.

For those opposed to nicknames because of the few people who change their nicknames to something completely random: I'm also annoyed by *that* kind of names. Maybe a hover-option or just the option to choose how your list is shown (real name or nicknames) is a good compromise, which can't be too hard to implement.

3/4 people I talk to are not happy about their nicknames being gone (or better, about their real name being shown without being informed about it)


only people you allow, IE friends you added to live, will see your full name, any other random dude you dont want to, will see your 'old' nickname.

I have quite a lot of people with *real* nicknames; and I also have quite a lot of just-online friends who I don't want to see my real name.

I've always liked Messenger's looks over the multi clients. Facebook chat is a great addition. Needs a lot of improvement, certainly, but it's still very decent and gets the job done. no need to keep fb open all the time anymore

coth said,
they promised icq support in wave 3, but it wasn't there even in wave 4...

ICQ has changed hands a few times recently, currently owned by some Russian company, so perhaps it's down to access restriction rules applied by the new owner, preventing this?

ryan adil said,
good job MS

I wish they will integrate it with Yahoo Messenger!

Yahoo Messenger client has stagnated... and Yahoo is a dying company.

ryan adil said,
good job MS

Yeah! Good job. Thank you for removing nickname option and forcing us to use full first and second name, for sake of integrating fb chat (most likely for that).

ryan adil said,
good job MS

I think WLM's Facebook integration is by far the best compared to AIM and Skype. I'm glad to see many people are utilizing it.