Windows Live Messenger for iPhone unveiled

Remember in December 2009 we told you Microsoft were planning a Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone? Well today we can reveal a little bit more.

Today we can exclusively unveil the first official screenshots of Windows Live Messenger for iPhone. The application will arrive in June alongside the rest of Windows Live Wave 4. According to our sources, Microsoft will unveil the next generation of Windows Live Messenger tomorrow but will not ship bits to public beta until June. A limited private beta is expected to take place in May.

Windows Live Messenger for iPhone will include photo sharing, chat and a social stream for users.

Stay tuned for more Windows Live Wave 4 news.

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This will be only useful if we can connect more than one place in same time and if we have direct access to Live Hotmail...

Krpano said,
I go with other Android users here and ask, where is the Android love ? :-)

Nope, never. Messenger has never been on a Linux platform.

Very cool. It's funny though, I used to be absolutely obsessed with messenger but now I don't even touch it. I've completely shifted away from any sort of chat. Interesting how things change over the years.

qwexor said,
Very cool. It's funny though, I used to be absolutely obsessed with messenger but now I don't even touch it. I've completely shifted away from any sort of chat. Interesting how things change over the years.

I've noticed that with some of my friends, they would sooner be logged onto Facebook or gmail and use their instant messenger than MSN; I wonder if in the future one will see more 'collaborative' chat experiences rather than dedicated applications for just chatting alone.

Get stuffed microsoft. Bring the mac client up to par with the windows client first, THEN focus on the iPhone.

steelblue said,
I bet it will not implement any push notifications or multitasking, making it virtually useless

Isn't multitasking coming as part of iPhone OS 4? So you could just leave this program running.

nevann said,

Isn't multitasking coming as part of iPhone OS 4? So you could just leave this program running.

Except push notification, none of the background services API provided in OS4 can keep user connected to Windows Live Messenger service.

Fast-app switching only allow you to switch back to Windows Live Messenger to the state where you left off, by that time it already disconnected from the service and I bet it need to reconnect again.

Push notification is the only way to make it useful.

Windows7even said,
Watchout neobond...Microsoft might send the popo to raid your flat or posting leaked information -

That "joke" failed on SO many levels it isnt even worth it..........

WillGonz said,
Would be amazing if it supported Microsoft Office Communicator!!

I second that. It would be a great thing to have at work.

Kinda sucks that they would make msn messenger for iphone but none for their own zune hd. Hope they make one for the android as well.

Biglo said,
Kinda sucks that they would make msn messenger for iphone but none for their own zune hd. Hope they make one for the android as well.

haven't they done it for Android already?

Sebianoti said,

haven't they done it for Android already?

Haven't seen a standalone version that was built by Microsoft, thats what I want.

As HTC owners of the Windows Live Mobile phones we should be outragged when a Windows Live Application is designed better for an iphone than Microsoft's own phone. I don't know to many designers that would make an application better for the opposite team then their own. How dumb.

JSYOUNG571 said,
As HTC owners of the Windows Live Mobile phones we should be outragged when a Windows Live Application is designed better for an iphone than Microsoft's own phone. I don't know to many designers that would make an application better for the opposite team then their own. How dumb.

First off, HTC phones are not Microsoft's phones. Secondly, have they said that there won't be one for WM/WP? I think they're simply showing that WLM will be going to the iPhone.

Someone point out whether they are or aren't making it for other mobile OS's.

JSYOUNG571 said,
As HTC owners of the Windows Live Mobile phones we should be outragged when a Windows Live Application is designed better for an iphone than Microsoft's own phone. I don't know to many designers that would make an application better for the opposite team then their own. How dumb.
For the most part, Microsoft is using some standard Apple user interface objects - if Windows Mobile users should be outraged about anything, it should be the lack of such user interface rules on Windows Mobile. Wait for Windows Phone 7

kraized said,
With a front-facing video cam allegedly on the iPhone 4th-gen. Will this support A/V chat I wonder?
It wouldn't right now, unless Apple has allowed Microsoft exclusive access to a front facing video API (unlikely considering they are competing), because there isn't one to use yet. Maybe later on they'll consider it, though.

Simon said,
It wouldn't right now, unless Apple has allowed Microsoft exclusive access to a front facing video API (unlikely considering they are competing), because there isn't one to use yet. Maybe later on they'll consider it, though.
Apple and Microsoft have a weird relationship.. If it's in Apples interest, they will work with the competition.. and Live Messenger for the iPhone would be a nice feather for Apple's hat.

Julius Caro said,
Isn't it kinda sad that it looks better and less bloated than the windows version?

Ugh, Windows Phone Classic is out the door and gone. Windows Phone 7 has the potential now. You never saw what it looks like on the new Windows Phones so just wait before you judge.

Electric Jolt said,

Ugh, Windows Phone Classic is out the door and gone. Windows Phone 7 has the potential now. You never saw what it looks like on the new Windows Phones so just wait before you judge.

Uhg, he is talking about Windows. You know the popular desktop os made be Microsoft.

Shadrack said,

Uhg, he is talking about Windows. You know the popular desktop os made be Microsoft.

Oh. Well I love that more than this. You guys just don't like the ad when in reality that can be removed with a-patch.

Electric Jolt said,

Oh. Well I love that more than this. You guys just don't like the ad when in reality that can be removed with a-patch.


We know it can be removed in A-Patch, but that doesn't make the released software of higher quality. What's being discussed is that the out-of-the-door version of WLM on Windows Desktop has a more cluttered UI than that on a competing hardware platform.


Besides, the clutter covers more than just one ad. There are startup screens, sponsorship links, etc etc.

Edited by Northgrove, Apr 28 2010, 10:40am :

Looking good now I want an Android version! but since eBuddy (which I use on my iPod touch) has an Android version I can wait

Shadrack said,
Looks like Microsoft is bringing the Potato Salad!! Woot! Looks great! Wonder if they are working on an iPad interfact.

shouldnt work on too much considering almost all apps work for both platforms already.

SputnikGamer said,

shouldnt work on too much considering almost all apps work for both platforms already.

iPhone apps work on both platforms but look like **** on the iPad. iPad only apps will not work on iPhone.

Looks good, but the UI isn't really iPhone-like, at least as much as it should be. Could be pretty annoying in the real world.

amon91 said,
Looks good, but the UI isn't really iPhone-like, at least as much as it should be. Could be pretty annoying in the real world.

Nothing is as annoying as iTunes on Windows.

Wow, so many things crammed in the last screenshot...
The GUI isn't particularly attractive compared to other IM apps on the iPhone, but hey, are we finally getting an official version of MSN? Without the need to create an additional account just to use the app?

Brad. said,
brilliant! specially with the multitasking thats being introduced!
This probably won't tune in to multitasking, as push notifications would offer a better solution that requires less battery

Majesticmerc said,
Looks pretty decent. Does the "social stream" include tweets and facebook, or is that perhaps too much to ask?

You can clearly see Facebook as attached in the streams. So yes, it is included, and is not to much to ask, since it's in there already.

ccoltmanm said,
You can clearly see Facebook as attached in the streams. So yes, it is included, and is not to much to ask, since it's in there already.

Alright keep your hair on. Its not exactly obvious given that its a single line of text in a single screenshot. What about Twitter though?

Majesticmerc said,
Looks pretty decent. Does the "social stream" include tweets and facebook, or is that perhaps too much to ask?

Im pretty sure they have Twitter. If you have social steam, you SHOULD have at least the 2 most popular social networks in the world. Facebook and Twitter.