Microsoft shows off iPhone Messenger features

As Neowin previously revealed, the Windows Live Messenger app for the iPhone, today Microsoft revealed their social API, known as Messenger Connect at The Next Web conference.

Microsoft demonstrated some of the features, similar to what the Messenger Preview demonstrated, social networking integration.  Users can update their Facebook status and receive feeds right onto their Messenger app.  The iPhone application will also allow users to update their Facebook status, upload images and browse your friends profiles.

The Messenger client will offer all the standard features, instant messaging, photo sharing, accept and send friend invitations, emoticons and much more.  Users can also browse their connected social networks, allowing users to comment, like, browse and share information with their friends and family.

Users will also be able to connect through other social networks, including Flickr, and grab images right from SkyDrive.  Users will be able to use the iPhone gestures to pinch-to-zoom images.  The iPhone application also has another interesting feature, photo editing.  Users will be able to take images with their iPhone and select from a gallery of tweaked images what looks best.

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Though I don't use Messenger anymore (and neither do most of my friends since Facebook came along), its nice to see them releasing an iPhone app. I'm more looking forward to Push support for Hotmail!

I hope they incorporate MPOP (Multiple Points of Presence).
Can't stand being signed out from my desktop, when I want to quickly message somebody from my iPhone.

mattnotley2004 said,
I hope they incorporate MPOP (Multiple Points of Presence).
Can't stand being signed out from my desktop, when I want to quickly message somebody from my iPhone.

So do I, one of the reasons I don't use messenger as much on the iphone.

they are really pushing their sky drive albums, first with the new live messenger and now with the iPhone live messenger. It'll be pretty awesome when it picks up.

As for the messenger itself, I can't wait for the release! Can't wait to ditch ebuddy for iPhone, not that there's anything wrong with it, but I've always wanted a separate messenger for Live.

... and messenger for mac? .. oh no. Still no offline messaging. Still no winks, nudges. No scenes.. no animated display pictures... Microsoft, your mac division is a joke.

It's funny that MSFT announce their next WLM mobile platform on the iPhone first.
I mean, where is the new WLM for WP6S and WP7?

NienorGT said,
It's funny that MSFT announce their next WLM mobile platform on the iPhone first.
I mean, where is the new WLM for WP6S and WP7?

Excuse me? Windows Live has been around for WinMo for years now, and it keeps getting constant updates. WP7 hasn't been released yet so they're working on it.

i'm using firefox 3.6.3 on Vista
the screenshots is doing fine, though the grey border is behind the youtube player

Also they need to fire their UI designer. So much wasted space with large headers on almost every window when it is not needed.

necrosis said,
Also they need to fire their UI designer. So much wasted space with large headers on almost every window when it is not needed.

Er that's because thats the iPhone OS Native Navigation Bar. It has to be that size so the buttons can be easily pressed.

keep this in mind, because it will ring true..
Messenger for iPhone, will be outmatched by Messenger for Windows Phone 7
and this looks promising, which excites me for Windows Phone

Here's a site bug. I think. The pics are behind the video, can't see them. It's not the first time I'm seeing this, I've seen it on other sites too. Oh well...

TDT said,
Here's a site bug. I think. The pics are behind the video, can't see them. It's not the first time I'm seeing this, I've seen it on other sites too. Oh well...

what browser.. Be sure to post this in site & forum issues, thank you.

Andrew Lyle said,

what browser.. Be sure to post this in site & forum issues, thank you.

Flash in IE at least is always topmost

TDT said,
Here's a site bug. I think. The pics are behind the video, can't see them. It's not the first time I'm seeing this, I've seen it on other sites too. Oh well...

Also happening in Chrome.

TDT said,
Here's a site bug. I think. The pics are behind the video, can't see them. It's not the first time I'm seeing this, I've seen it on other sites too. Oh well...

Yeah, it does that a lot for me too... I think it's a Chrome thing...

Messenger for the iPhone it looking very nice, hopefully a Android version soon, yes....

luke_smily_face said,

Also happening in Chrome.


It would be great if you could please post this in the 'Site & Forum Issues' forum so the devs can have a look into it

Calum said,

It would be great if you could please post this in the 'Site & Forum Issues' forum so the devs can have a look into it
There is no fix (to my knowledge). It has to do with flash and z-index in CSS. That's why Youtube had to change their user dropdown menu on their own homepage.

I've seen some sites just hide the flash video when something that should appear in front of the video comes up. It's a little jarring to see the element pop in and out of existence, but it's a lot less broken than having the video obscure what you're trying to access.

Edited by random_n, Apr 30 2010, 3:43am :

TDT said,
Here's a site bug. I think. The pics are behind the video, can't see them. It's not the first time I'm seeing this, I've seen it on other sites too. Oh well...

To fix that, the flash object must contain wmode=transparent

Electric Jolt said,
Confirming I have bug too. Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Screenshots appearing behind flash plugin powered YouTube player.

+1 same here

TDT said,
Here's a site bug. I think. The pics are behind the video, can't see them. It's not the first time I'm seeing this, I've seen it on other sites too. Oh well...

Firefox too.

TDT said,
Here's a site bug. I think. The pics are behind the video, can't see them. It's not the first time I'm seeing this, I've seen it on other sites too. Oh well...

Opera on Windows 7 x64 too.

Halfalive said,

Yeah, it does that a lot for me too... I think it's a Chrome thing...

Messenger for the iPhone it looking very nice, hopefully a Android version soon, yes....

I'm just Chrome on Windows 7 with no problems with this...

Andrew Lyle said,

what browser.. Be sure to post this in site & forum issues, thank you.

Chrome on Win 7 x64. On Firefox seems to be ok, the pictures cover the video on pop-up.