Microsoft to Introduce Social Networking Features on Windows Live

November 13, 2008

Redmond Wash (Chattabox) — Microsoft is planning to update its Windows Live features with more social network features to its Windows Live instant messaging program. Microsoft is one of the leading service providers where email and instant messaging is concerned. However, it still lags behind MySpace, Facebook and popular websites in terms of social networking features.

“We are integrating the notions of social networking, e-mail and instant messaging into a consistent experience,” said Chris Jones, Corporate Vice President of Windows Live at Microsoft. “Think of Windows Live as the single place where people using our e-mail, messaging and photo-sharing services can stay connected. Our customers have friends across the Web. They communicate through many unconnected Web services and want access to it all from a single location — without worrying about how it’s done. Now Windows Live takes care of that, with an integrated personal communication service that works across the Web with optimized experiences on the PC and mobile phone,” he added.

The newer and the updated version of Windows Live will be launched in next few weeks. It will pull at the contacts from Windows Live, MySpace, Hotmail and Microsoft Blog network on to one place. The users will be able to swap their contact details, daily activities and more by setting up their “network”. The new enhanced Windows Live will exhibit new features like Twitter messages from friends; photo uploads from Flickr, Yelp reviews, entries from WordPress blogs, etc. The application shall have features similar to Facebook, where the user will be notified via email about their friends and their activities. All the news will be available by exclusive “news feed” from Windows Live.

Facebook still remain absent from Microsoft’s list of partners. However, it holds USD 240 million worth equity stakes. Jones states that the company has had “conversations” with Facebook regarding the integration of application but they are not a partner at this time.


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