Windows Live Messenger for iPhone gets a big update

Microsoft has rolled out a major update for their Windows Live Messenger application on the iPhone, the first update since it's release back in June.

The new update, version 1.1, brings a lot of the Windows Live Messenger 2011 features to the mobile application, including Facebook chat and is now fully supported for iOS 4.0. The major updates fixes a lot of annoyances that was in the first launch, including offline contact filtering and quick status switching. The update allows you to toggle online users, your favourites or your customized contact lists.

Windows Live Messenger for iPhone 1.1 includes the following fixes and updates:

  • iOS 4 fast-switching
  • Facebook chat
  • Friends list filters
  • Hide offline contacts in Settings
  • Faster access to change status & sign-out
  • Support for 31 languages

To activate Facebook Chat support, change your settings on http://profile.live.com/Services and make sure to include Facebook to your list of services. For more information about Windows Live Messenger and Facebook Chat, including how to enable the service on your Essentials Beta 2011, click here.

Download and install Windows Live Messenger 1.1 for iPhone from iTunes on your iPhone, iPod or iPad. (iTunes Link)

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I just read today that Android have now passed iphone os... So Android is now bigger than iPhone and we don't have an official MSN/Live messenger... Come on microsoft!

Well I tried this updated version from the previous one and I have to say, there is no improvement.
Still laggy, keeps having to reconnect all the time. No personal greeting, still don't have control over the interface as much as I would like, I'd like to have same features as Beejive.

So far I am sticking to Beejive it is by far a better instant messenger then Windows Live Messenger.

*STILL* does not support multi login!

If I login on my phone it boots my other clients. This was one of the biggest gripes when it was first released!

Also putting the 'show offline contacts' in the system settings location has got to be the stupidest idea on the planet. Most times people just need to see people offline for a second to send a message then shut it back off again. Having to leave the app, go to general settings, to toggle it is a PITA.

While not as 'bloated' as the AIM app MS really needs to fire their design staff. Or at least get someone onboard in the UI and options department that has a brain.

necrosis said,
*STILL* does not support multi login!

If I login on my phone it boots my other clients. This was one of the biggest gripes when it was first released!

Also putting the 'show offline contacts' in the system settings location has got to be the stupidest idea on the planet. Most times people just need to see people offline for a second to send a message then shut it back off again. Having to leave the app, go to general settings, to toggle it is a PITA.

While not as 'bloated' as the AIM app MS really needs to fire their design staff. Or at least get someone onboard in the UI and options department that has a brain.


It supports MPoP (Multiple Points of Presence) but all the clients you use need to support that. I think only official ones do, like WLM 2011, WLM for iPhone and the Hotmail Webmessenger.

bolix said,

It supports MPoP (Multiple Points of Presence) but all the clients you use need to support that. I think only official ones do, like WLM 2011, WLM for iPhone and the Hotmail Webmessenger.

Speaking of MPoP, I wonder if they fixed up a weird discrepancy between messages sent from a desktop WLM client and this mobile client. Messages that you send from a mobile client will show up on the desktop, but not vice versa.

It is actually a very nice App! I haven't been impressed by any 1st party MSN client in awhile, but this is beautiful and functional app. It is refreshing to see a developer supporting its users on a 3rd party platform as well as the MSN team have done here. This probably won't replace Beejive IM for me (I still need gtalk support...) but it is still a very nice and free IM client! Now, add some video chat support features and it will be golden!

It's a welcome update. I wasn't so happy before when I had to create an ebuddy username or palringo username. But now MS actually releases a Messenger for iPhone and hey, it's actually not bad!

sanke1 said,
Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 is much better.

Than what, Microsoft Messenger for Mac 7? Yeah.
The iPhone version of Messenger? How can you compare that lol

Goto "Settings" on your iPhone/iPod touch, scroll down to "Messenger" select that and uncheck "Show offline contacts" and your done.

EDIT: Opps! was suppose to be a reply to Examinus up there!

Xerxes said,
Goto "Settings" on your iPhone/iPod touch, scroll down to "Messenger" select that and uncheck "Show offline contacts" and your done.

EDIT: Opps! was suppose to be a reply to Examinus up there!

Thanks.

Xerxes said,
Goto "Settings" on your iPhone/iPod touch, scroll down to "Messenger" select that and uncheck "Show offline contacts" and your done.

EDIT: Opps! was suppose to be a reply to Examinus up there!

I don't have that setting.
I have:
Sound
vibrate
Allow nudges.

No option for offline contacts??

Fix Messenger on OS X. Then bring out the candy for the iPhone. Very disappointed. As per usual.

1. Get a good Windows Mobile team
2. For crying out loud, have standards across platforms. It's not hard for Apple to release a version of iTunes on Windows with every feature of the OS X version! (though it's slower)
3. FIX THE OS X VERSION!!!!!!!!!!!! Damn!!! Why don't you do this first? The latest beta 6 of Messenger is still a joke! It just looks shinier! Still the same old pile of turd!

dagrimdialer619 said,
Fix Messenger on OS X. Then bring out the candy for the iPhone. Very disappointed. As per usual.

1. Get a good Windows Mobile team
2. For crying out loud, have standards across platforms. It's not hard for Apple to release a version of iTunes on Windows with every feature of the OS X version! (though it's slower)
3. FIX THE OS X VERSION!!!!!!!!!!!! Damn!!! Why don't you do this first? The latest beta 6 of Messenger is still a joke! It just looks shinier! Still the same old pile of turd!

1. Windows mobile is out of date, WP7 is what's now.
2. Yeah but we are stuck with the slowness, and the boring old gray look. It looks horrid integrated with windows. If apple could bother making it aero compatible and look NICE, then MS could make Messenger for mac better.
3. Well the original program "Windows Live Messenger" is for WINDOWS. Makes sense that the better version is for Windows.

It seems odd that they didn't bother updating it for the Retina display at the same time, means it looks naff on the iPhone 4 and iPad.

That said, I prefer using beejive anyway for the above and that it somehow manages to connect quicker when I'm stuck on GPRS. The only advantage of using the official client is that it won't boot off any other connected clients, i.e my pc

Hmm, updated but still no "retina display" (ugh) support, which means the app looks all pixely and blocky on iPhone 4s.

djp2 said,
Hmm, updated but still no "retina display" (ugh) support, which means the app looks all pixely and blocky on iPhone 4s.

This and multitasking was the main reason I just re-downloaded this app and I'm sooooo dissapointed that there's no retina display compat in this version. What are they thinking?

kaotixkc said,

This and multitasking was the main reason I just re-downloaded this app and I'm sooooo dissapointed that there's no retina display compat in this version. What are they thinking?

Should be soon, you think with the new iPod Touch 4G Retina. Likely before the Christmas rush.

djp2 said,
Hmm, updated but still no "retina display" (ugh) support, which means the app looks all pixely and blocky on iPhone 4s.

And you need retina display graphics? Why? Just to talk? Theer is nothing in a chat programs to look at. Do you need teh fancy graphics just to see ads?

TechieXP said,

And you need retina display graphics? Why? Just to talk? Theer is nothing in a chat programs to look at. Do you need teh fancy graphics just to see ads?

To preserve sharp text like with the rest of the operating system's bundled apps, obviously. Doesn't always have to be about 'fancy graphics.'

My brother and I noticed a glitch/problem by having Facebook chat enabled on 2011, say you have 400 Facebook friends and 100 WLM contacts, (I think it was a limit of 500) it stops you adding WLM contacts so you have to remove the Facebook link!

quentez said,
An iPad version would nice though !

Something like Twitter for iPad would be good. Twitter definitely got it right there.

derekaw said,
I am concerned that Windows software on my iPhone will make my iPhone dirty.

I feel the same about iTunes running on Windows. It bloated, slow, freezes and it crashes.

Be nice if they put some effort into the the PC version too. The new beta is horrible, and is moving away from being a messenger service.

And as usual Microsoft continues to catter to the Apple family. Meanwhile, there has not been an update for Windows Live Messenger for Windows Mobile Phones since last year. WOW!

JSYOUNG571 said,
And as usual Microsoft continues to catter to the Apple family. Meanwhile, there has not been an update for Windows Live Messenger for Windows Mobile Phones since last year. WOW!

You know it's bad when they don't even support their own platforms anymore. I wonder if there will be a WLM for WP7... Haven't seen it demoed anywhere...

Maybe even MS is rooting for Apple this time around.

JSYOUNG571 said,
And as usual Microsoft continues to catter to the Apple family. Meanwhile, there has not been an update for Windows Live Messenger for Windows Mobile Phones since last year. WOW!
Hardly, seen Messenger for Mac recently? it's an embarrassment! Fact of the matter is the iPhone is a massively popular platform right now and it's where all the action is. Windows Mobile is dead far as MS is concerned (they are currently pushing WP7 hard and I'm sure that will get a WLM app).

Xerxes said,
Hardly, seen Messenger for Mac recently? it's an embarrassment!

Gosh. Totally. Messenger for Mac. Total disgrace. Let's see what are the latest Messenger for Mac features: file transfer, display pictures, emoticons. I don't think that I'm forgetting anything, am I?

JSYOUNG571 said,
And as usual Microsoft continues to catter to the Apple family.

Never thought I'd hear someone say that considering Messenger for Mac is a long-running joke. It doesn't even have voice support yet, that's got to be at least seven years old.

Mike Brown said,

Never thought I'd hear someone say that considering Messenger for Mac is a long-running joke. It doesn't even have voice support yet, that's got to be at least seven years old.

Well it does have the proper name of "Windows" live messenger. It's a windows unique app. Mac's have their own alternatives like iChat. You don't see Apple working full-time on a GOOD itunes for Windows (A native Windows UI, Fast etc), or nothing like iChat/iMovie etc for Windows.

JSYOUNG571 said,
And as usual Microsoft continues to catter to the Apple family. Meanwhile, there has not been an update for Windows Live Messenger for Windows Mobile Phones since last year. WOW!

Cry me a motherflipping river, and come back to me when Apple creates a decent iTunes build for Windows.

JSYOUNG571 said,
And as usual Microsoft continues to catter to the Apple family. Meanwhile, there has not been an update for Windows Live Messenger for Windows Mobile Phones since last year. WOW!

UPDATE: I just went to the Windows Blog and left them a long vented message about how current Windows Mobile customers have been crapped on in favor of the Apple iPhone.

I am truly amazed at the lack of support Microsoft has shown Windows Mobile Phone customers. I haven't even had my phone a year yet. Since the beginning of the year, you all have done nothing but shown Apple support when it comes to mobile applications. Current Windows Mobile Customers have not seen an upgrade on Windows Live Mobile Application and Windows Live Messenger since last year. The Exchange Activesync totally sucks big time. A lot of Windows Mobile customers are ****ed after waiting 2 years to find out that there is no multi calendar sync, no HTLM support for emails, any flag support, etc. You all put us on an old ass Exchange Activesync server and make excuses that Windows Live Hotmail does not support the up to date Exchange Activesync. That is why a lot of customers have given the middle finger to Windows Live Hotmail and rolled back over to Google Gmail. You all should be embarrassed that Gmail has outdone you all with Google Activesync on your own platform. Everything has been created for the Apple iPhone while you all have crapped on your own Windows Mobile customers. They have a new version of Windows Live Messenger; they have a full working version of Exchange Activesync with HTLM and Multi calendar support. Will you all show this kind of love to Windows Phone 7? At this point of being a customer of Microsoft for over 10 years, I don't trust you all anymore to even consider wasting my money on another Windows Phone. One thing I can truly say, Apple would never crap on their own customers in support of another competitor's customers. I hope all current Windows Mobile customers read this and take their money elsewhere and Microsoft looses big on Windows Phone 7. Maybe when it hits you all in the pockets you will appreciate your own current customers better.

einsteinbqat said,

Gosh. Totally. Messenger for Mac. Total disgrace. Let's see what are the latest Messenger for Mac features: file transfer, display pictures, emoticons. I don't think that I'm forgetting anything, am I?

I heard you can type text to another contact now... though only when they're online!

LiquidSolstice said,

Cry me a motherflipping river, and come back to me when Apple creates a decent iTunes build for Windows.

Difference here is that iTunes has the same features on Windows as it does on OS X. Messenger for mac doesn't.. and it doesn't look the same either.

dagrimdialer619 said,

Difference here is that iTunes has the same features on Windows as it does on OS X. Messenger for mac doesn't.. and it doesn't look the same either.

They *tried* to make it native, which is more then can be said about Apple (although Apple did give it a shot with Safari 4). In relation to lack of features, I dunno what happened there...perhaps with OSX been considered a "minor" OS (compared to say Windows) MS couldn't be bothered putting any serious effort into it *or* perhaps there are some technical reasons behind it, I dunno.

However, I think the main reason is the fact barely anyone actually uses Messenger for Mac. It's a bit of a self serving problem, people won't use it before MS won't support/develop it properly and MS won't support/develop it properly because people won't use it

JSYOUNG571 said,
And as usual Microsoft continues to catter to the Apple family. Meanwhile, there has not been an update for Windows Live Messenger for Windows Mobile Phones since last year. WOW!

Microsoft is a business and its better business sense to work on a client for a new and growing market rather than a finished and shrinking one.

WM has expired and MS would rather have you buy into their new WP7 products.

dagrimdialer619 said,

Difference here is that iTunes has the same features on Windows as it does on OS X. Messenger for mac doesn't.. and it doesn't look the same either.

Yeah, but it's slower and has the OS X native look. Same with Messenger for Mac... If Apple can't be bothered to make a NICE UI for iTunes and Safari on Windows, and just leave us with boring old gray like we do on their own OS. Then Messenger for mac suffers. .

Frazell Thomas said,

You know it's bad when they don't even support their own platforms anymore. I wonder if there will be a WLM for WP7... Haven't seen it demoed anywhere...

Maybe even MS is rooting for Apple this time around.

Well you ever thought of this? Maybe when MSFT started work on Messanger for iphone, iPhone was still in number one position. So it changed. Does that mean MS is suppose to put one on hold to work on another? I actually like seeing MS programs on Apple's platform, it makes Apple look stupid in that they don't even have one. If Apple had ported iChat over we probably wouldn't need it. And btw, Messenger on any platform work with Exchange Messenging. So it gets more money into MS hands. I am sure MS is going to port teh client to Android, or someone will.

Roobaj said,
I like how they are supporting iphone messenger while the Xbox 360 one is basically dead.

its not dead. microsoft is still counting money.

kabix said,

its not dead. microsoft is still counting money.


Oh ha ha. Aren't you hilarious. Maybe it never occured to you that not many people really care about IMing from their game console.

Roobaj said,
I like how they are supporting iphone messenger while the Xbox 360 one is basically dead.

Who the hell wants to IM from their console? I mean selecting each letter to enter would be like torture. And if you do have a keyboard connected, why not just use your desktop / laptop / netbook / tablet / phone? lol

/- Razorfold said,

Who the hell wants to IM from their console? I mean selecting each letter to enter would be like torture. And if you do have a keyboard connected, why not just use your desktop / laptop / netbook / tablet / phone? lol
That is what the chat pad is for.....I'm happy with how it currently is on the 360, all it really needs is MPOP support now.

Xerxes said,
That is what the chat pad is for.....I'm happy with how it currently is on the 360, all it really needs is MPOP support now.

I've never gotten my 360 to connect to messenger. It says it's trying, and I know it's contacting the messenger servers 'cause it'll bump my computer off, but it'll just sit there and eventually time out...

Roobaj said,
I like how they are supporting iphone messenger while the Xbox 360 one is basically dead.

MSFT is working to revamp the XBOX 360 Deshboard. You ever thought that maybe messenger will also be updated? Messenger is part of the deshboard. Engadget has a video of a demo of the new dashboard. I believe I saw some tweaks for the chat client too. But I'm not positive.

It's a nice update with some welcome changes, just wish there was an option to sign in as "appear offline" .

I agree with Biglo there needs to be a Android version! there aren't many good messenger apps on that platform, even eBuddy is pretty crap (the iPhone version is alot better and updated more often too).

Xerxes said,
It's a nice update with some welcome changes, just wish there was an option to sign in as "appear offline" .

I agree with Biglo there needs to be a Android version! there aren't many good messenger apps on that platform, even eBuddy is pretty crap (the iPhone version is alot better and updated more often too).

Beejive is coming and it's wasaay better than the official client anyway.

Ji@nBing said,
Beejive is coming and it's wasaay better than the official client anyway.

Official client = Free
Beejive = £5

Both do similar things, I use one protocol, meaning that I'd rather use the free one tbh.

Biglo said,
Microsoft needs to create live messenger for android now and one for the zunehd as well.

And a new Messenger client for WM 6.5.

Zune HD Messenger would be so awesome. Sadly, Zune is an also-ran platform, never got first class status of Windows Mobile/Windows Phone.

Biglo said,
Microsoft needs to create live messenger for android now and one for the zunehd as well.

I agree, Microsoft need to move to other larger mobile platforms. I believe Android is 2nd to iPhone, it shouldnt be that hard to make it look similar with some if not all the features of iPhone.

I read somewhere they are releasing the Bing app for android soon so hopefully messenger

sayjay09 said,

I agree, Microsoft need to move to other larger mobile platforms. I believe Android is 2nd to iPhone, it shouldnt be that hard to make it look similar with some if not all the features of iPhone.

I read somewhere they are releasing the Bing app for android soon so hopefully messenger

Umm iPhone is 2nd to android. We can all thank network exclusivity for that

TechDudeGeorge said,

Not likely. They will likely focus on one for WM 7.

Except that it's not called Windows Mobile 7, is it?!?!?! No. It's called Windows Phone 7. Therefore his statement about Windows Mobile being dead is accurate.