Microsoft launches video on Messenger

Microsoft Corp has launched a new online service in 20 countries which will allow users to watch video clips at the same time as a network of friends and chat via Windows Live Messenger.

The new service called Messenger TV will offer a range of clips on MSN Video including MTV shows and music clips from providers such as Sony BMG.

The firm hopes the ability to watch clips with friends on different computers will create a new social experience and attract users who already spend hours on social networks.

"Online video has exploded in popularity over the last year, but to date it has been something people watch on their own. Messenger TV is set to change all that," said John Mangelaars, the vice-president, EMEA, of consumer and online for Microsoft.

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if you post a youtube link in yahoo messenger it shows the video right there in the conversation window. (9.0)

so this means live messenger is doing that now?

What Microsoft needs to understand is their brands don't appeal to hipsters. The Microsoft name carries a stigma amongst tech-saavy youth, as does Windows and MSN. Those destinations are not where everyone under 30 want to be. It baffles me why Microsoft would think the "Windows Live" brand would sell when Windows is constantly trashed for its many defects. They are better off doing partnerships with newer, more popular web brands and quit embarassing themselves soon. Or at least they could launch a new line of segmented services and try not to make it too noticable that it is a Microsoft brand.

MS could have easily created a launching point from Hotmail to be a big player in the social networking crowd. Why not create a spin-off from Hotmail called Hotspace to compete against Myspace and Facebook by slapping a slick web 2.0 feel to it? It's not Microsoft's M.O. Their M.O. is to create a generic, unriveting template you see across Windows Live and MSN sites. On the same note, did anyone notice Live Space's home page campaign in the last months? It was called"Real Live Moms": WOW. How interesting and relevant - what a good way to attract the crowd that makes the ad dollars roll in!

Messenger TV is just another way Microsoft is demonstrating how not to succeed in the ever-evolving webscape.

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What Microsoft needs to understand is their brands don't appeal to hipsters. The Microsoft name carries a stigma amongst tech-saavy youth, as does Windows and MSN. Those destinations are not where everyone under 30 want to be. It baffles me why Microsoft would think the "Windows Live" brand would sell when Windows is constantly trashed for its many defects. They are better off doing partnerships with newer, more popular web brands and quit embarassing themselves soon. Or at least they could launch a new line of segmented services and try not to make it too noticable that it is a Microsoft brand.

MS could have easily created a launching point from Hotmail to be a big player in the social networking crowd. Why not create a spin-off from Hotmail called Hotspace to compete against Myspace and Facebook by slapping a slick web 2.0 feel to it? It's not Microsoft's M.O. Their M.O. is to create a generic, unriveting template you see across Windows Live and MSN sites. On the same note, did anyone notice Live Space's home page campaign in the last months? It was called"Real Live Moms": WOW. How interesting and relevant - what a good way to attract the crowd that makes the ad dollars roll in!

Messenger TV is just another way Microsoft is demonstrating how not to succeed in the ever-evolving webscape.

MSN Messenger is used by nearly every teenager out there. And for those winging about them blocking youtube addresses for a period of a few hours it was obvious to stop a PHISHING attack untill they got it under control. You think that would be obvious.

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MSN Messenger is used by nearly every teenager out there. And for those winging about them blocking youtube addresses for a period of a few hours it was obvious to stop a PHISHING attack untill they got it under control. You think that would be obvious.

I was 16 when MSN Messenger came out. Everyone was on AIM. Having previously been in youth leadership at my previous church, AIM is still the IM client to use. I'm sure MSN/Live has a loyal following for its Messenger client, but it likely pales in comparison to AIM's audience.

In europe it's all MSN. I get the impression AOL still has a big share in North America but MSN are the market leader unless I'm mistaken.

The thing about Stage6 is simply that it isn't sustainable. Regardless of how much they made from Yahoo toolbar profits, it wouldn't have covered it. Unlike Youtube, they aren't owned by a cash cow, so they actually have to think about costs.

please someone bring back Stage6!

i don't spend time watching video sites because i find the quality is very poor. Not that i want free HD streaing but at leas Stage6 was great in terms of quality and they didn't reencode everything you upload.

The flash format for video streaming is plain bad. A new alternative would be great.

However, the Messenger TV feature could be useful if you can subscribe to some topics only.

'Flash player Version {0} is required to view this page.'

Click to install flash player


I've installed it and it's still not working. Oh well.

Seriously, how about trying to optimize the damn application and leave this useless features out? It amazes me the amount of memory Messenger eats just using one conversation window (and the main window minimized).
If I want to watch videos I'll use youtube, thank you very much. Enough with trying to force us MSN videos.

Well lets just hope that mirrosoft stops this time with the yahoo take over, something like windows live messanger is the new yahoo messanger...lmao

Me too. I was almost expecting to see this headline. I mean, it doesn't make any sense for MS to block youtube links on MSN, unless and until ...

Yes, because blocking YouTube for a few hours in the dead of the night gives Microsoft the upper hand.

Let's not forget reports of DeviantART being blocked too, which is definitely of no threat to Microsoft.