Microsoft Updates Windows Live Messenger for iPhone App, Adds Cool New Features
Article by George Norman
On 16 Sep 2010
As you may remember, Microsoft rolled out the Windows Live Messenger for iPhone app to the masses back in June. The application, which provides pretty much the same functionality the PC version of Windows Live Messenger does, turned out to be quite a big success.

Here are some figures to put things in perspective. In the first 5 days following its launch, the app was downloaded more than 1 million times. In all the time the app has been out there, it recorded about 7 million downloads. At one point the app climbed to the #1 spot in the iTunes App Store in over 50 countries.


In a move that to my mind will only make the app even more popular, Microsoft has released the first update for Windows Live Messenger for iPhone. The update brings with it some interesting new features. Here’s the lowdown:

Support for iOS 4
This June, Cupertino-based software developer Apple launched the iOS 4.0, then this September Apple released iOS 4.1. The recently updated Windows Live Messenger for iPhone provides support for iOS 4. You can take advantage of the cool new features the iOS 4 offers, and you can stay in touch with your friends with Windows Live Messenger for iPhone.

Facebook Chat integration
If you want to chat with your Facebook friends, you can do so. The latest version of Windows Live Messenger for iPhone provides support for Facebook Chat.

“Facebook chat is available in the U.S., UK, France, Brazil, Germany, and Russia, and will expand to other countries over time. If you’re in one of these countries, you can enable this from your profile page,commented Group Program Manager with Windows Live Mobile Services, Ye Gu.

A better user experience
According to Microsoft, users have been asking for two things:
1. A more visible way of signing out of Windows Live Messenger for iPhone.
2. A means of seeing only the online contacts.

The Windows Live Messenger for iPhone team has taken this feedback into consideration and made the appropriate design changes to address these issues. You will find it easier to sign out of the application as Sign Out is more prominent. You can now select to see only your friends who are online; furthermore you can select to see only the friends from the favorites list.

Enhanced language support
Windows Live Messenger for iPhone now provides support for a grand total of 31 languages. The following languages: Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

If you would like to get Windows Live Messenger for iPhone, you can download it from the iTunes App Store here.

Tags: Windows Live Messenger for iPhone, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook Chat
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