Talk to your friends on Facebook from Windows Live Messenger

Earlier today you may have heard about Windows Live Essentials beta 2 being released. With this update, Windows Live Messenger received a new feature which people have been craving for a while: the ability to chat with Facebook friends. This has been expected as in the previous beta there was some Facebook integration mostly having to do with status updates, but it did show contacts as well. The messenger also has connectivity with many other social networks truly making this your social hub.

AOL has had the ability to chat with Facebook friends via their AIM client since the beta days of AIM 7, as well as support status updates via AOL Lifestream. Since Windows 7 isn't going to see any major upgrades for a while, Microsoft has been hard at work on their Windows Live set of applications, so it only makes sense that they would try to match and beat the functionality of AOL's client. Microsoft's focus has been on creating the most seamless social experience for their users by integrating many services into their Windows Live products.

Directly from Windows Live Photo Gallery you can upload to Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr, as well as the company's own SkyDrive. Then from Windows Live Messenger you can chat with all your friends on Facebook without needing to visit the site. The interface works the same as a regular instant message, so this will feel right at home. Do note however that Microsoft has not enabled Facebook chat for everyone just yet, it currently stands at only the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and Brazil.

Windows Live Messenger also allows you to view status updates on Facebook and MySpace all from the main window, although for some that has still been buggy. 

A note on how to set up Facebook chat: If you have already connected Facebook to WLM, you will have to click on the Facebook icon on your contact list to edit the connection, and then make sure you place a check by the chat option. Click Connect with Facebook and it should update your contact list momentarily. See picture above for more assistance.

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They're unlikely to make WLM to connect to ALL the IM networks. There are plenty of wares out there that can do that already anyway, and with fewer adverts.

what said,
They're unlikely to make WLM to connect to ALL the IM networks. There are plenty of wares out there that can do that already anyway, and with fewer adverts.

Trillian has too many *other* compromises to suit me (that is, however, true of most multi-service IM clients, even those for Linux). One-service (or, at most two-service) IM clients don't get overly busy or force you to be the long-tailed cat in a sunroom full of rocking-chairs in southern Florida at high noon.

what said,
They're unlikely to make WLM to connect to ALL the IM networks. There are plenty of wares out there that can do that already anyway, and with fewer adverts.

They are only connecting it to the most used ones (A.K.A Facebook). If it had them all, then WLM would be bloated.

Just installed it now! I must say its running very smoothly indeed. Works really well with facebook chat!

Only thing I find annoying is they have removed the ability to hide off-line contacts, instead I just have them all in a group!

AdamLC said,
Just installed it now! I must say its running very smoothly indeed. Works really well with facebook chat!

Only thing I find annoying is they have removed the ability to hide off-line contacts, instead I just have them all in a group!

My offline Facebook folks don't show up (those that are *away* are shown as away, which is also the case with WLM) at all.

ICQ 7 have those FB chat integration and social network integration for long time ago....

i wont update to the new WLM unless they bring back the nicknames and have only one messenger process instead of 2 that the current wlm got.

eilegz said,
ICQ 7 have those FB chat integration and social network integration for long time ago....

i wont update to the new WLM unless they bring back the nicknames and have only one messenger process instead of 2 that the current wlm got.

Well it looks like you are going to stay on Windows Live Messenger for Wave 3 until it's end of time.

eww, it shows the groups i joined and stuff I "like" in the friends list. Ill see if there is an option to fix this or ill stick with pidign for facebook chat.

Doli said,
eww 2 (cant edit first post). It added all my facebook friends to my contact list in Windows Live.

Why do you have friends on Facebook that you don't want to talk to/see? Yet you confirmed their friend request?

andrewbares said,

Why do you have friends on Facebook that you don't want to talk to/see? Yet you confirmed their friend request?

It added all my facebook friends, groups, and any "Likes" to my Windows Live contact list (hotmail & desktop windows live mail) I just wanted them on messenger to chat not mix with everything else. You cant even delete them from the desktop windows live mail program, hotmail yes.

Gabotril said,
OK, just noticed this is available just for some countries. I guess I have to actually read the news before commenting it xD.

let the act as guinea pigs!

LESSON 101 - Facebook. This is sort of off the subject about Windows Live , but has to do with Facebook contacts in your contact list and messenger. I have read a lot of complaints about people claiming that there Fan Pages are listed in their contacts. There is a reason for this. The Fan Page that you added IS NOT AN OFFICIAL FAN PAGE. a official fan page is when you go to a page on Facebook and the option to select "LIKE" is there. When you select "LIKE", Facebook adds the page as a FAN PAGE and NOT AS A CONTACT. If you visit a page that is unofficial fan page and the option to ADD A FRIEND is there, Facebook is going to add that page as a CONTACT. That is why you are seeing so called FAN PAGES in your Windows Live Contacts and Messenger because THEY ARE NOT OFFICAIL FACEBOOK FAN PAGES,and ARE FACEBOOK FRIEND PAGES. You cannot expect Windows Live Conctacts to sort out UNOFFICIAL FAN PAGES from your real facebook contatcts. OFFICIAL FAN PAGES allow the artist to have unlimited fans. Unofficial Fan Pages (Friends) only allows you up to 5,000. Major difference.

I don't get why some people are annoyed by the fact that the nickname feature was removed. I'm thankful that I will no longer see those silly long nicknames/quotes with emoticons. Yeah, it's about customization .. but isn't it what the share box is for?
Privacy? if you're worry b/c you don't want your contact to know your full name ... hmm.. then why do you have them as your contacts in the first place?

This thing sucks the hard one. How do I change my display name without changing my Live name?

Can I make the chat windows look like... chat windows, instead of a massive box of white.

I read the comments... wow. No one calls my by my first name. Always Nashy.

So now my Live thinks my name is Nashy .

FU MS.

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