Microsoft Introduces Windows Live Messenger for the iPhone
Better late than never, Microsoft has introduced its hugely popular chat client, Windows Live Messenger
, to the iPhone. Even better, it comes as a free app available now for download from the App Store. On Monday, Microsoft rolled out the 7.2MB download, which essentially enables iPhone users to contact friends and family via instant message on both Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger.
According Microsoft, some of the coolest attributes about the new app include: the ability to chat and IM your contacts on the go; receive IM notifications even when your app is closed to avoid missing messages; view updates that your contacts share via social networks like Facebook; upload pics directly from the iPhone (and make albums, add captions, receive comments, etc.); and access your hotmail email (and compose messages) without leaving the app.
The app, which is fully compatible with iOS 4, is already being called one of (if not the most) advanced versions of the chat client ever put forward by Microsoft on any mobile platform. This is also only the fourth application developed so far by Microsoft for the iPhone. Unfortunately, so far Windows Live Messenger isn't yet available to all who want it. Like the iPhone's Bing app, some European countries - like Belgium - do not yet have the option of downloading this new app from Microsoft, which stands poised to become a hugely popular offering in the App Store.
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