Microsoft introduces Messenger Connect, new social API

Microsoft said on Thursday that it is introducing a new social API that allows new ways for partners and developers to connect with Messenger.

John Richards and Angus Logan took the stage at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam to announce Messenger Connect. The new API brings together several existing APIs (Windows Live ID, Contacts API, Messenger Web Toolkit) into one single API.

For developers and partners this means it's even easier to integrate Windows Live contacts into their technical environments. For end users, think Facebook Connect. This means you can now easily share your friends list from messenger and profile information with third party applications or websites.

Microsoft is taking the security aspect of sharing Windows Live contacts very seriously. "We believe that the privacy of a customers’ data is a critical element of a secure web and the customer should be in control," said Ori Amiga, program manager for Windows Live. Websites cannot access any of a user’s non-public information from Windows Live without prior consent from the customer. The consent form is shown below.

Messenger Connect is currently under a private beta with a small number of companies. Microsoft is planning on opening up a new developer portal more broadly in the coming months.


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Andrew Lyle said,
That's awesome of Microsoft, now sites can replace facebook connect with this tool

Although I don't have the same opinions on the facebook connect, apparently; I think it's a good thing that Microsoft has joined the show. It's always a good thing to have options and competition.

dogmai said,

Although I don't have the same opinions on the facebook connect, apparently; I think it's a good thing that Microsoft has joined the show. It's always a good thing to have options and competition.

Amen to that! (Messenger alternatives) ;D

The fact that they haven't bothered to implement tabbed multiple convos or raised the character limit in all these years is underwhelming. Messenger plus shouldn't even be needed.

nunjabusiness said,
The fact that they haven't bothered to implement tabbed multiple convos or raised the character limit in all these years is underwhelming. Messenger plus shouldn't even be needed.

Because tabbed chats are stupid, along with being completely unecessary if you run windows 7. and it's an instant messenger, not an e-mail client. if you must write a novel, send it in two messages. this is also about backwards compatibility

HawkMan said,

Because tabbed chats are stupid, along with being completely unecessary if you run windows 7. and it's an instant messenger, not an e-mail client. if you must write a novel, send it in two messages. this is also about backwards compatibility

did you shoot the idea just because you can? tabbed conversations can be useful so that someone can simply clt-tab to another conversation while keeping his alt-tab to another program. among other benefits.
and long messages can be useful when discussing certain schoolwork with friends and referencing articles. though i understand the character limit might be there to prevent spammers from overloading their servers.

"We believe that the privacy of a customers' data is a critical element of a secure web and the customer should be in control,"

Shame the same can not be said for their other social network intrest Facebook.

TweetDeck with Messenger Support sounds good. Or being able to tweet out from inside Windows Live Messenger.
But the real point is, a future app with Metro UI with WLM, Facebook, Flikr, twitter support sounds great!

I guess I'm missing what this means for me.

I read this part, "For end users this means you can now easily share your friends list from messenger and profile information with third party applications or websites."

Just getting that out of the way that I did read the article, but I'm not sure what kinds of things third party apps and websites would do with this new single API. Would it be easier to say... add someone to your contact list via a website or Flash or something? I'm not really sure what the deal is. Someone wanna help me out?

Thanks.

KSib said,
I guess I'm missing what this means for me.

I read this part, "For end users this means you can now easily share your friends list from messenger and profile information with third party applications or websites."

Just getting that out of the way that I did read the article, but I'm not sure what kinds of things third party apps and websites would do with this new single API. Would it be easier to say... add someone to your contact list via a website or Flash or something? I'm not really sure what the deal is. Someone wanna help me out?

Thanks.

A website can, for example, share it's contents with anyone on your list. Like if it's a image board/site like Flickr, if you see something on there and you want to share it with friends on your WLM list then with this you should be able to directly.

At least that's how I see it.

GP007 said,

A website can, for example, share it's contents with anyone on your list. Like if it's a image board/site like Flickr, if you see something on there and you want to share it with friends on your WLM list then with this you should be able to directly.

At least that's how I see it.

I think you're on the right track. They have the new social view in messenger coming up where you can post images, etc for friends. I think this will play a big part in that too.