Official Windows Live Messenger now available for the iPhone

If you have been waiting for the official Microsoft Windows Live Messenger for the iPhone, version 1.01 has been approved for the App Store.  The WLM for iPhone includes all the features that you would expect from the platform; the download comes in at 7.2MB and is available in English and French.

According to Apple, via esphoneblog.com ,“Windows Live Messenger for iPhone and iPod Touch is the best way to connect with the people that matter most and keep up with the things they are doing across the web. Use your iPhone to instant message your friends list, view and comment on your friends’ photos and status updates from Windows Live, Facebook, and MySpace, and at a glance, see what your Messenger friends are sharing from Flickr, YouTube, and many other social and photo sharing sites. Make sure to visit http://profile.live.com/Services today and setup Windows Live to bring in your social networks. Messenger is simply the best way to connect with your closest friends.

To use the app you must have iOS 3.0 or later and it can be downloaded now from the app store.
 

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To the people already complaining.. Boo Freaking hoo.. This is the first release! and By Microsoft!!! A company you would not of expected to jump onto the appstore development on a compeating device.. So relax your dacks.. more features come in time.

Jase said,
To the people already complaining.. Boo Freaking hoo.. This is the first release! and By Microsoft!!! A company you would not of expected to jump onto the appstore development on a compeating device.. So relax your dacks.. more features come in time.

yeah more features that should have been there in the 1st place, just like apple then.

Got it. Now I don't need to create a bridge account to link to my hotmail one, like in ebuddy or palringo, that was amazingly ridiculous.

But it doesn't support multitasking >:-\

What I already don't like about the app is how it cannot connect simultaneously with WLM on Windows. By signing in from the App, it disconnects me from Windows WLM.

1. Push notifications DO work.
2. True
3. Mines do not disconnect, and it's already been an hour.
4. True
5. What? Unless you're stealing someone's wifi, updating and connecting are not slow at all.

Reading the above comments, there are suddenly a huge influx of trolls.. or the app isn't all its cracked up to be.

So I'll stick with eBuddy Pro.

After using this app all day, I don't like it. Here is why:

1. Push notifications!!!! They don't seem to be working. Sending messages from 1 MSN account to the one on my iPhone and no notifications were received at all. They are all turned on on the settings options, but nothing!
2. Not able to hide offline contacts (lots have been said about this so I won't go deeper into this, just hope it is added soon).
3. Seems to disconnect very quickly. Unlike Beejive that can stay connected for days, this one seems to disconnect shortly after you exit the application. didn't find any setting to tweak this. This leads me to.
4. Lack of customization and setting. Setting options are very basic.
5. Sloooow. Takes ages to connect, ages to update social. Beejive connects to the MSN network a lot faster than the official program!

This are my main quirks about this app. It looks good, and I'd really like to use it as my main IM app in my iPhone. But for now, I'll have to stick with Beejive. Still this is only the first version, and guess it can only get better as time goes by.

How long will take to Microsoft to make available this app to other markets? why in english and french?? french???

Downloaded... and haven't been able to connect. "Sorry, Messenger isn't available right now. Please try again later." Anyone else getting this?!

I'm actually quite impressed by this App. It's good to have an official App for something as big as WLM that doesn't involve adverts or a price. It's reasonably well laid out (apart from the inability to sort users by status - but I'm sure that'll come in the future) and I didn't have any problems chatting on it when I tried it out. So for now, it's staying on the phone!

msn crapp more like. Not being able to just show online contacts is a big omission. And the person who suggested just closing the group for the offline contacts, erm what if there are people in the group who are online?

as mentioned above, worst app ever.

BeLGaRaTh said,
msn crapp more like. Not being able to just show online contacts is a big omission. And the person who suggested just closing the group for the offline contacts, erm what if there are people in the group who are online?

as mentioned above, worst app ever.

They weren't talking about offline contacts. Just contacts in general. You've never been able to hide individual contacts with MSN or WLM so they're not going to start with their mobile version.

IM+ is so much better than this POS, cant even asign a incomming IM allert.
and where is the option to sign out? seriously MS what a let down this app is.

I have 4 groups with contacts in showing on the iphone app, how can I move people from one group to another or can you only do this on the computer?

Doesnt show here yet....

Damn i wish MS would talk to apple and get them to take all fake MS messenger of the appstore, "MSN Messenger Live", "MSN Mobile Messenger", "MSN Live Messenger", "MSN Messenger with PUSH", just a bunch of IM programs that use the MSN name to make people download it as it is familiar, well using that name should be illegal shouldnt it? isnt MSN trademarked?

Funny how none used the new name though

Leonick said,
Doesnt show here yet....

Damn i wish MS would talk to apple and get them to take all fake MS messenger of the appstore, "MSN Messenger Live", "MSN Mobile Messenger", "MSN Live Messenger", "MSN Messenger with PUSH", just a bunch of IM programs that use the MSN name to make people download it as it is familiar, well using that name should be illegal shouldnt it? isnt MSN trademarked?

Funny how none used the new name though

Yeah, it's gonna be hard for some to find the real one. Some people are that smart or just technically skilled to look through the store like that to sort them out. I agree the ones using the name should be removed and shouldn't even have been allowed to use the name. The others that have real names are fine.

I have it and love it, one of the key features for me is when you take a pic on in the app you can save the image directly to sky drive and if you use SD like I do for all my pics then this is a massive bonus....

For people that live in countries where this app isn't available.....calm down guys! Why do you want this ****ty app anyways? IM+ is a much better app because it not only has Windows Live support but it has all the services including Facebook and Twitter and much better presented if I might add. Trust me, this app is useless. I live in Canada where I can download this app but I am not going to because I own IM+ and clearly it is a much better app.

ManOfMystery said,
For people that live in countries where this app isn't available.....calm down guys! Why do you want this ****ty app anyways? IM+ is a much better app because it not only has Windows Live support but it has all the services including Facebook and Twitter and much better presented if I might add. Trust me, this app is useless. I live in Canada where I can download this app but I am not going to because I own IM+ and clearly it is a much better app.

I'm tried IM+. It's a preference thing. I wouldn't ever touch IM+ again. I used it until I found a better one for what I wanted and now this will do good enough. I just don't like that you can't be logged into multiple places.

bolix said,
Does it have MPOP? Then it's useless to me.

+1 It's taken far too long for an MPOP supporting client to arrive on the iPhone!

Looks good, though I am not to keen on the color scheme they use. Also the status color around the display picture isn't great imo. They should really make something more modern.

ew.... this is probably the worst instant message application on the iPhone, add the ability to hide my contacts then I'll try it.

Azies said,
ew.... this is probably the worst instant message application on the iPhone, add the ability to hide my contacts then I'll try it.

Close the group they're in.

It seems neowin is awash with idiots this morning.

You CAN change status (Social tab, tap display picture/msn man icon, and its the 3 option (which says your status).

You CAN sign in in multiple places - and you can control this feature from the same place as above - social tab, tap display picture.

You CAN also check hotmail, including custom domain accounts, but I don't THINK it supports push notifications for hotmail, which is a shame.

Generally its a very nice, slick app, without the pointless fluff you get with Beejive/IM+

I for one like it.

Oh and its in the UK App store as well.

zoonyx said,
You CAN sign in in multiple places - and you can control this feature from the same place as above - social tab, tap display picture.

Explain to me how to enable the signing in to multiple places. Anytime I login on my phone, it signs me off at home.

dogmai said,

Explain to me how to enable the signing in to multiple places. Anytime I login on my phone, it signs me off at home.

What version of Messenger are you using at home?

dogmai said,

Explain to me how to enable the signing in to multiple places. Anytime I login on my phone, it signs me off at home.

Anytime I log in, it logs me out on my work laptop :-)

~Johnny said,

What version of Messenger are you using at home?

Version 2009 (Build 14.0.8089.726) I haven't checked lately to see if it's the latest build though.

joemailey said,
Anytime I log in, it logs me out on my work laptop :-)
dogmai said,
Explain to me how to enable the signing in to multiple places. Anytime I login on my phone, it signs me off at home.
Tools > Options > Sign In > Untick 'Sign me out of all other places when I sign in...'

Chris4 said,
Tools > Options > Sign In > Untick 'Sign me out of all other places when I sign in...'

I already have that unchecked. I use it on multiple computers all the time but still can't on my phone.

onTh said,
I can't login mulitple places at once!!! Like on my desktop and using this application!!

That's what gets me. I want to be able to login on my phone and stay logged in at home. After my session times out or I sign out on the phone, I'm still logged off at home until I get there and sign back in. I would've thought that would defintely be includeded. That's what I was waiting for in an app. Any other app can do what this does.

onTh said,
I can't login mulitple places at once!!! Like on my desktop and using this application!!

I don't know what you're talking about. This app does support MPOP. I'm currently signed in to the Messenger app for iPhone, and on the Messenger client on my PC at the same time (plus on web messenger on the Windows Live web services too).

pikablu0530 said,

I don't know what you're talking about. This app does support MPOP. I'm currently signed in to the Messenger app for iPhone, and on the Messenger client on my PC at the same time (plus on web messenger on the Windows Live web services too).

I don't know what the issue is. I'll have to contact support or something. It's still not working for me. I'm currently upgrading my phone to iOS4 so I'll have to wait until that's done.

The app sucks... =\
It lack any kind of options, even free apps features more options.
Maybe people that uses mostly social features and not only the chat feature may find something useful in this.

It's not good Just 3 setting options (nudge and sounds) for the whole app... No landscape, no option for hide offline people, no option for signin-status... It NEEDS more function.

how does this fair, compared to say trillian?

if my lose 3G trillian keeps me logged in on there end and then delivers missed messages once i have my connection back

Is there any reason for this to be a US only app? Same with Google Earth. Or do these apps become internationally available after some time?

Ilya said,
Is there any reason for this to be a US only app? Same with Google Earth. Or do these apps become internationally available after some time?

Well its in the UK and a few other locales, I'd just sit it out, it'll arrive eventually. Google Earth is in the UK too.

B1gDaddy87 said,
Is there any reason for this to be a US only app? Same with Google Earth. Or do these apps become internationally available after some time?

If we're hot on the heels on this one, it could easily be because all regional App Stores haven't had time to synchronize yet. Or does it explicitly say "This application is blocked in your country"?

Sonic2k said,
how u need a credit card and i dont have a US base credit card

You don't. There is an option to create an account without a credit card.

revanmj said,

You don't. There is an option to create an account without a credit card.

You mean the gift card method? There is no method to create an account without a credit card or buying a gift card they removed it.

thealexweb said,

You mean the gift card method? There is no method to create an account without a credit card or buying a gift card they removed it.

No, just go onto the app store, go onto any "free application", click on "get this app" and create an account from there.

Sonic2k said,
i hope Australia really get this app coz for me its the clincher for getting my first ever iphone

there are a lot of iPhone IM clients that work with MSN. I haven't tried this one but I doubt I will like it over beejive im.

Sonic2k said,
i hope Australia really get this app coz for me its the clincher for getting my first ever iphone

Each app has different features and styles.
I prefer Palringo Premium to some of the apps, however eBuddy is easier with some of the things, and IM+ is more customisable.
It's trial and error, find the one that suits you

Chasethebase said,
Only thing missing is that you can't sort contacts by status rather than groups. Otherwise great!

I was hoping for this too, but updates are possibility, however am pleased with it
There may need to be some enlightenment about statuses being under the display picture menu - maybe a first use guide?

mrmckeb said,
I hope Paul gets better soon.

Sara's going to the big show tonight. I didn't know she was from around here. Gonna go meet up with her. Just have to sort through the other million people that are gonna be there.

Fireworks night tonight here. Only the 2nd-3rd largest fireworks display in the world, every year but Sara and I will be chillin together for it. Too bad for Bruce, he's gonna miss a good show.