Windows Live Messenger logs 1.5 billion minutes on Facebook

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Windows Live Essentials 2011 launched only a month ago, including Windows Live Messenger with Facebook Connect. The partnership has paid off very well for both Microsoft and Facebook, as Windows Live Messenger has become the second most popular application on a daily basis on Facebook.

ReadWriteWeb took notice today that Messenger has taken second place, and later confirmed and updated with more statistics by Windows Team Blog. Messenger has over 9 million active users daily, and over 11.5 million active users every month. There has also been 250 million chats between Messenger and Facebook, logging 1.5 billion minutes.

Windows Live Messenger is second to FarmVille, which has over 16.6 million users daily, but still a success for Microsoft and Facebook. As the relationship between Microsoft and Facebook continues to grow, we can expect greater integration of your Facebook account with Microsoft products.

To activate Facebook chat through Windows Live Messenger, login with your Windows Live ID on this website and enable "Chat with my Facebook friends in Messenger." This does require a Facebook account and Windows Live Messenger 2011.

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I'm not a fan of the new Windows Live Suite, I have problems with the Messenger all the time, Mail just won't load etc... But I'm not going to roll back, as it still has some new features I really like...

A wise move for Microsoft.
Since Facebook, hardly any of my friends use MSN Messenger these days, so a great way to remind people it's still there

I totally loath the WLM 2011. I used it for 2 days before uninstalling and finding an older copy of 2009 (can't download the 2009 from Microsoft because they updated it with the crippled items from 2011). The last good version of Live Messenger is 2009 (Build 14.0.8089.726). Everything after that is foobar.

enter now a flood of people who say this isn't their preference and their alternative client on their alternative device and alternative os is much better in their opinion.

It's useful. I don't feel the need to go to facebook ever. Yet I get to participate in my friends' and families' banality and baby pictures.

Redz0ne said,
I'm sticking with ICQ ehhh ohhh

So do I. I downloaded msn messenger in hope that I could use my tablet for send drawings with it... and they removed that functionality in the new one. Never coming back again to msn messenger because for austere programs I already have Pidgin.

Arceles said,

So do I. I downloaded msn messenger in hope that I could use my tablet for send drawings with it... and they removed that functionality in the new one. Never coming back again to msn messenger because for austere programs I already have Pidgin.

Why not go back to the 2009 version? or 8.5 if you wanna play around with resource hacker so you can go online with it.

andrewbares said,
I'm one of those 11.5 million! I need WLM on my WP7 already though.

Same here! Though I wish Groups.im worked properly with it, my friends are making fun of me for not seeing handwritten messages or even some emoticons.

andrewbares said,
I'm one of those 11.5 million! I need WLM on my WP7 already though.

+1 agreed, not even going to install the crappy messenger app thats currently available.

The Protagonist said,
still dont like the new windows live messenger, i am going to stick with 2009 one for now...

Likewise, and the new Live Photo Gallery is horrendous (functionality has been removed / made harder, and it's incredibly slow). I wasn't on 2011 for two hours before I went back to 2009.

vaximily said,

Likewise, and the new Live Photo Gallery is horrendous (functionality has been removed / made harder, and it's incredibly slow). I wasn't on 2011 for two hours before I went back to 2009.

Really? I haven't found any functionality removed, it seems easy to use and it is much faster at viewing pictures.

Omen1393 said,

Really? I haven't found any functionality removed, it seems easy to use and it is much faster at viewing pictures.

I use photogallery constantly, it's awesome. Get used to the new stuff, adapt a little.

vaximily said,

Likewise, and the new Live Photo Gallery is horrendous (functionality has been removed / made harder, and it's incredibly slow). I wasn't on 2011 for two hours before I went back to 2009.

Wow, you must have a lot of patience. 5 minutes and I rolled back. I did like the look of WL Mail 2011, but unfortunately I'd have to take this crappy MSN as well.

Yesterday a friend of mine didn't pay attention to her Windows Updates and (despite my warning) she was suddenly on 2011 as well. And not liking it at all. Especially the real name thing is horrible for the both of us.

At least offer people a choice what to share (real name, nick name, both) and warn people about the fact their "real" name is shown. Also make it easier to change this name rather than having people to go to an internet page. Also, just offer users the choice what kind of contact list they want to view (a good compromise for people like me who really liked nicknames - although I admit I liked them only as far as there were not too many smileys and still quite obvious- and the nickname haters)

Jeffrey89 said,

Wow, you must have a lot of patience. 5 minutes and I rolled back. I did like the look of WL Mail 2011, but unfortunately I'd have to take this crappy MSN as well.

Yesterday a friend of mine didn't pay attention to her Windows Updates and (despite my warning) she was suddenly on 2011 as well. And not liking it at all. Especially the real name thing is horrible for the both of us.

At least offer people a choice what to share (real name, nick name, both) and warn people about the fact their "real" name is shown. Also make it easier to change this name rather than having people to go to an internet page. Also, just offer users the choice what kind of contact list they want to view (a good compromise for people like me who really liked nicknames - although I admit I liked them only as far as there were not too many smileys and still quite obvious- and the nickname haters)

Or use 'friends lists' within any social app for friends only, thereby not needing to hide you name? just at thought...........why no hate to facebook for not allowing you to use a pseudo name/alias?

As far as I can see, the only reason people are bitching is that they have hundreds of non friends on messenger, random people etc - this was never its intention - now its just changing so that you have to use your name making it more in line with how other social site work. The integration with fb would have forced this a little I think as well.

Back to topic, I'm loving the new suite and all the extra features added......

"Wow, you must have a lot of patience. 5 minutes and I rolled back. I did like the look of WL Mail 2011, but unfortunately I'd have to take this crappy MSN as well."

Wow you call anything over 5 minutes patience? WOW just WOW!

The Protagonist said,
still dont like the new windows live messenger, i am going to stick with 2009 one for now...

+1 i hate it as well, I dont like the animation when clicking on groups and I don't like how you cant see the number of users online in a group without opening it.