Official Windows Live Messenger app coming to WP7, but not from Microsoft?

Imagine this: Microsoft releases a new mobile platform and when it comes to bringing their popular messaging client to the platform, they outsource the coding to someone else. Sound strange? Well, it gets even more interesting. This real life scenario leaves us with a version of Windows Live Messenger that’s actually titled “Messenger by Miyowa,” although I’d speculate that Microsoft won’t let their flagship messaging application go to market with that name.

                 

On their blog (via WMPoweruser.com), Miyowa discusses briefly that their 250-man (no women?) software company has already produced the Messenger clients for various other platforms, although it's unknown if this list includes iOS and Android. Miyowa also states that it’ll be releasing WP7 applications for other social networks (including Facebook and Twitter) in the marketplace. While this is good news for those that want nice looking and functional applications for their shiny new WP7 devices, one has to wonder why Microsoft couldn’t code this application themselves, especially given the simplicity of coding within Silverlight. It could be that Microsoft's Windows Live team have been too busy working on the recent Windows Live Essentials 2011 release, although you’d think that getting all core Microsoft content and services onto WP7 would have been a priority from day one.

The application is expected to be available for free on the marketplace at launch.

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M$ outsource a lot of work that they feel isn't that critical. For example: the XBOX dashboard some windows apps/components etc

Windows Live Messnger on Andriod isnt made by microsoft EITHER! ....it looks and works just like desktop but its made by Miyowa as Well ..... version i have is 0.3.24.3 so guess what not a shock to me as it would seem MS doing the same as what they done to android let Miyowa make it and stick there name on it

scorpio_on_blue_moon said,
Team of 250 just for a messanger ??? Can't be true !!!

I don't think that's what they meant. I believe that's the size of their company.

It's fake.. at the Win Phone 7 Demos at the MS Open House, it had an official "Windows Live Messenger" hub instead of a "Messenger by Myogen" app. It looks a lot like the Zune HD messenger app. This Myogen one is a fake one, or simply a third-party app.

j2006 said,
It's fake.. at the Win Phone 7 Demos at the MS Open House, it had an official "Windows Live Messenger" hub instead of a "Messenger by Myogen" app. It looks a lot like the Zune HD messenger app. This Myogen one is a fake one, or simply a third-party app.

Where are these Open House events from Microsoft I keep hearing about? I couldn't find anything on it.

j2006 said,
It's fake.. at the Win Phone 7 Demos at the MS Open House, it had an official "Windows Live Messenger" hub instead of a "Messenger by Myogen" app. It looks a lot like the Zune HD messenger app. This Myogen one is a fake one, or simply a third-party app.
Miyowa, it's Miyowa. Not Moiya, not Myogen.

Quikboy said,

Where are these Open House events from Microsoft I keep hearing about? I couldn't find anything on it.

They're geared towards developers via their msdnevents portal.

This was posted on Liveside from the Moiya team:

"Don't worry we've been working very closely with Microsoft throughout the development of this app. It's very much a Microsoft WLM client, built to their specifications, down to the minutest detail. Microsoft chose to involve Miyowa because we having been successfully working together for many years, and as their number 1 mobile WLM provider, they know we know exactly what we're doing. WP7 is of course a huge deal for Microsoft, and as Messenger is an integral part of the Windows Mobile experience, they have been very, very involved every step of the way."

Omen1393 said,
This was posted on Liveside from the Moiya team:

"Don't worry we've been working very closely with Microsoft throughout the development of this app. It's very much a Microsoft WLM client, built to their specifications, down to the minutest detail. Microsoft chose to involve Miyowa because we having been successfully working together for many years, and as their number 1 mobile WLM provider, they know we know exactly what we're doing. WP7 is of course a huge deal for Microsoft, and as Messenger is an integral part of the Windows Mobile experience, they have been very, very involved every step of the way."

That's good to hear. We all know that Microsoft has been known to outsource before. This is just another example. Their team was probably busy working on the OS itself but wanted this ready for launch is all.

efjay said,
Probably too busy working on the iphone client which looks to be more feature rich than this.

Correct you are efjay, and you wan't to know why?

Because Windows Phone 7 has the People Hub, it basically does what the Social section in the Messenger iOS app does. No need to double up on the same thing.

mackenziepricee said,

Correct you are efjay, and you wan't to know why?

Because Windows Phone 7 has the People Hub, it basically does what the Social section in the Messenger iOS app does. No need to double up on the same thing.

Then this functionality should be integraged into the people hub as well, that is what I was actually expecting, not a standalone application. Seems to go against the whole concept they are selling of integrated hubs over jumping in and out of applications.

efjay said,

Then this functionality should be integraged into the people hub as well, that is what I was actually expecting, not a standalone application. Seems to go against the whole concept they are selling of integrated hubs over jumping in and out of applications.


+1

efjay said,

Then this functionality should be integraged into the people hub as well, that is what I was actually expecting, not a standalone application. Seems to go against the whole concept they are selling of integrated hubs over jumping in and out of applications.

I agree with you to a point. Certain things, like IM clients I think should be separate. I don't want people IM'ing me all the time because my phone is on and they think I'm available. I want to be able to open an app that makes me available for chat and terminate it when I desire. Having this integrated would be a nightmare I feel.

Xeron said,
Really? Since when was a title bar part of the 'metro theme'?

It's there in apps that don't do full screen... This is the first time though that I've seen an icon there that I can recall though.

Seeing as Microsoft developed a much nicer looking Messenger client for the Zune, I am taking this with a grain of salt. I reckon they will have created their own Windows Phone 7 client.

Calum said,
Seeing as Microsoft developed a much nicer looking Messenger client for the Zune, I am taking this with a grain of salt. I reckon they will have created their own Windows Phone 7 client.

I would expect so as well, it does seem very odd. Photoshop?

Calum said,
Seeing as Microsoft developed a much nicer looking Messenger client for the Zune, I am taking this with a grain of salt. I reckon they will have created their own Windows Phone 7 client.

I agree. Not to mention the pictures shown with the app look like they came off of WP7.

Calum said,
Seeing as Microsoft developed a much nicer looking Messenger client for the Zune, I am taking this with a grain of salt. I reckon they will have created their own Windows Phone 7 client.

Yeah. And the Messenger icon doesn't even fit with the WP7 icon designs...