Twitter looks set to return to Windows Live

If you’re a Windows Live user you may still be mourning the loss of integrated Twitter support that was so cruelly snatched away over a year ago, following changes to Twitter’s usage terms. Well, wipe those tears away and weep no more, as Twitter support for Windows Live users appears set to return. LiveSide.net has pieced together a series of clues that point to the service being reinstated.

One example comes from Windows Phone. It’s no secret that Twitter will be heavily integrated into the next update to the Windows Phone platform, currently known as ‘Mango’. A beta version of Mango was released to testers and developers last week and within the beta, attempting to setup Twitter (through the OS rather than through the Twitter app) displays a dialogue screen stating, “to add Twitter on your phone, you’ll need to connect to it to your Windows Live account”.

Regular Windows Live users know that many services can be connected to it, including Facebook, LinkedIn, and MySpace, and that the Mango dialogue certainly seems to suggest that Twitter will soon be re-added to that list.

LiveSide.net also points to a tweet from CNET blogger Manan Kakkar, who was told at the Mango press event that Twitter will indeed “make a come back [sic] to Windows Live (web) with Mango”, indicating that Twitter’s return to Windows Live will coincide with Mango’s official release.

Many questions remain about what range of Twitter features might be included in Windows Live and how well it will be baked into Windows Phone (Twitter integration doesn’t yet work on current Mango builds). For now, though, those of you who have suffered so many long, tweetless days without Twitter built into Windows Live, hang in there… it looks like your wait is almost over.

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I'd really like to see Google+ support as soon as possible after Google release APIs for the service.

I'm very concerned Microsoft might hold off adding Google+ support to both Windows Live and Windows Phone due to the fact they're rivals in search and operating systems I really hope they don't.

Calum said,
I'd really like to see Google+ support as soon as possible after Google release APIs for the service.

I'm very concerned Microsoft might hold off adding Google+ support to both Windows Live and Windows Phone due to the fact they're rivals in search and operating systems I really hope they don't.


Dude Google + is beta software.....and no one knows if it's gonna take off...it could go the way of Google Buzz.....we don't need google in WP7

Calum said,
I'd really like to see Google+ support as soon as possible after Google release APIs for the service.

I'm very concerned Microsoft might hold off adding Google+ support to both Windows Live and Windows Phone due to the fact they're rivals in search and operating systems I really hope they don't.

Why would Microsoft restrict use of Windows Live or WP7?

1) Google already has stated they will be bringing out a Google+ App for WP7.
2) Microsoft doesn't restrict the 'connection or use' of Live Services (linked/integration). (Exceptions do apply for adult content sites, as they won't pop up on your Live page to 'connect'.)
3) It is up to Google to add Live Service support to Google+, it is not up to Microsoft to write anything for Google.

I think you don't understand how Microsoft's Live Services work if you think Microsoft would stop Google.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_Services

Even if they are 'competing' on some things, it doesn't mean Microsoft creates artificial restrictions. Microsoft is partners with Sony and Apple, and they are by far more of a competitor than Google is to Microsoft.

It will be interesting to see how it handles your twitter followers, and those you follow. Some questions...

- Will DMs appear as notifications and in your conversation history?
- Will twitter usernames appear as contacts, or just done through auto-complete when typing?
- Can you link twitter usernames to other contacts?
- Will twitter lists be supported?
- Multiple twitter accounts?

And many many more!

All it'll hopefully mean is it'll show up in Windows Live Messenger. Even though I hate WLM 2011 though, the Facebook intergration was nice at first. But now it rarely updates and shows posts in random orders and from days away.

TechDudeGeorge said,
All it'll hopefully mean is it'll show up in Windows Live Messenger. Even though I hate WLM 2011 though, the Facebook intergration was nice at first. But now it rarely updates and shows posts in random orders and from days away.

Ok, if you have WLM, but liked how it initially worked, this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

1) If you like the new 'expanded' view with social updates, check your settings and make sure it is sorting and showing you what you want.
2) If this still doesn't help, flip it to 'Compact Mode' where it works and looks like Windows Messenger has for many years, and stop using the 'new' inteface that is specific to WLM 2011.

See why this seems a bit crazy? Unless you hate all versions of WLM/Messenger, and if that was true you wouldn't be complaining about a 2011 feature and specfically state you don't like 2011. And if it really is 2011 that you don't like, just change it to look like previous versions and ignore the social stuff.

The real 'power' of Live integration with services like Facebook, is to share information between the linked services. This lets you do things like chat between any 'linked' service, change your status and have it appear on all services (Live, Facebook, etc) at the same time, upload photos to your Skydrive and have them appear on Facebook, or even just use the local integration features and upload videos and pictures directly to any 'linked' service like Facebook.

It is about 'tying' your LiveID to give you a 'online' secure sign on with the linked services that also trades features and information with the services.

A couple of tips to getting the 'Social' to work better...
Sign into http://www.live.com and make sure the facebook integration is turned on there, and working on your page there. Also sign into http://www.live.com once in a while in case it is a place you never go. Also, use IE9, and also Link your OnlineID to your Windows account on your computer in the control panel.

Good luck, and hope your words were just poorly chosen and you aren't truly crazy.

TechDudeGeorge said,
But now it rarely updates and shows posts in random orders and from days away.

I had this issue,.. I re-linked my one and its been good ever since... I thin the FB privacy settings buggered my one up