Miyowa to bring “official” Windows Live Messenger app onto Android Market

By damaster | Posted April 10, 2011 48 comments

According to reports from French website Clubic.com, it appears that Microsoft is set to launch its first officially-endorsed Windows Live Messenger client onto the Android Market next Monday April 11th. Interestingly, unlike its iOS counterpart, this app is developed by Miyowa – the same company that developed the "official" Windows Live Messenger app on the Windows Phone marketplace. Below are a few screenshots provided by Clubic.com:

Messenger on Android 1Messenger on Android 2Messenger on Android 3Messenger on Android 4

This app will be free but ad-supported, and will be compatible with all devices with Android 1.6 or later. The app will feature push notifications and multi-tasking, however, just like its Windows Phone 7 counterpart, this app will be missing things like file transfer or integration with Windows Live SkyDrive – features that are found on the Messenger app on iOS. Based on what we’ve seen with the Windows Phone 7 version, we also expect this app will not support MPOP (multiple points of presence) – the ability to sign in at multiple locations at once.

While it is good to see Microsoft expanding it’s Windows Live services across multiple mobile platforms, we definitely hope to see Microsoft focusing more effort on their own mobile platform – Windows Phone 7. With MIX11 coming up next week, perhaps we might hear about official Windows Live Messenger integration in Windows Phone 7 coming as part of their upcoming "Mango" update? Wishful thinking? We hope not.

Posted April 10th, 2011 at 6:52 am
Category: Mobile
Tags: Android, Apps, Messenger
  • calumcookable

    WHY is the largest software company in the world outsourcing the development of these things?

    • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

      While at the same time, able to internally work on an app for a competing platform, but not internally work on their own platform?

      • Chris

        Because we all know WP& is destanted to fail. Look at copy and paste or what ever that “no do” thing is.

  • Anonymous

    WHY is the largest software company in the world outsourcing the development of these things?

    • Anonymous

      While at the same time, able to internally work on an app for a competing platform, but not internally work on their own platform?

      • Chris

        Because we all know WP& is destanted to fail. Look at copy and paste or what ever that “no do” thing is.

  • Chris

    Good to see some android love. While I agree they should focus on their own platform I do NOT want them to be like apple and only focus on themselves.

  • Chris

    Good to see some android love. While I agree they should focus on their own platform I do NOT want them to be like apple and only focus on themselves.

  • Kit Y

    I guess they outsourced the Map application as well… since pressing the search button will bring you to bing + poor performance.

    BTW, Miyowa on WP7 sucks…

  • http://reinnovate.asia Kit Yeung

    I guess they outsourced the Map application as well… since pressing the search button will bring you to bing + poor performance.

    BTW, Miyowa on WP7 sucks…

  • Maciej Besler

    I honestly have no clue why would they give them anything to do. Miyowa is clearly unable to deliver quality software. Not to mention – why software company with 90k engineers employed around the world can’t deliver their own flag communications suite to their own flag mobile system.

  • http://twitter.com/maciejbesler Maciej Besler

    I honestly have no clue why would they give them anything to do. Miyowa is clearly unable to deliver quality software. Not to mention – why software company with 90k engineers employed around the world can’t deliver their own flag communications suite to their own flag mobile system.

  • James

    It really does annoy me that that they continue to use Miwoya… however I’m glad they used them for Android rather than doing it internally like they did for iOS. That would have irked so much if they had actual official apps for both iOS and Android and not their own platform.

    It annoys me that they make these wonderful apps for iOS (including the new Bing app for iPad)… yet they dont use the same developers (or at least the same overall direction) on their own platform.

    As the article stated, I really hope they do actually integrate official WLM functionality (and more SkyDrive integration) with the Mango update. Miwoya should be no where near or have any involvement the biggest software company in the world… I know they can make much better apps that what Miwoya makes.

  • James

    It really does annoy me that that they continue to use Miwoya… however I’m glad they used them for Android rather than doing it internally like they did for iOS. That would have irked so much if they had actual official apps for both iOS and Android and not their own platform.

    It annoys me that they make these wonderful apps for iOS (including the new Bing app for iPad)… yet they dont use the same developers (or at least the same overall direction) on their own platform.

    As the article stated, I really hope they do actually integrate official WLM functionality (and more SkyDrive integration) with the Mango update. Miwoya should be no where near or have any involvement the biggest software company in the world… I know they can make much better apps that what Miwoya makes.

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    I remember a rumor from late 2010 about Windows Live for WP7 being a whole suite. A Mobile version of Windows Live Essentials pretty much. Really unclear why that has not materialized yet. But lets remember that there have been several mobile versions of Windows Live Messenger. The most recent one for a Microsoft Platform being the one in the ZuneHD. You could also said that while not cohesively under the umbrella of a software suite. Windows Mobile had/has a good Windows Live set of apps.

    Bizarrely enough the only platform that had a Windows Live Suite under such name has been Nokia thanks to the 2007 Nokia-Microsoft partnership deal.

    So while it is a mistery why it has taken so long for the Windows Live Team to deliver a software sute to WP7. I am willing to bet that it has been intentional and they are going to wait until post-mango to do it.

    • damaster

      To be honest Windows Live is quite integrated with WP7 already. Currently we already have integration with Windows Live Hotmail, Calendar, Contacts, “Social”, and SkyDrive (photos and OneNote only). From what we know already, “Mango” will bring better SkyDrive sync (with other office doc types). Let’s hope they fix up Calendar (multiple calendars) too.

      The only missing pieces at the moment are Messenger integration, and some sort of a Mesh client (to sync all types of documents to SkyDrive). For Messenger, I don’t see why they can’t implement that already. For Mesh client, I think it’d be better to wait for them to fix up the whole Mesh/SkyDrive storage thing first (i.e. integrate the two) before they implement it on WP7.

      • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

        How do you dare to forget about photo gallery and writer (that is my personal favorite)?

        http://s-ak.buzzfed.com/static/imagebuzz/web05/2011/1/14/10/son-i-am-disappoint-4114-1295018309-60.jpg

        • damaster

          Oops sorry! Though I did think the “Photos” hub serves displaying photos pretty well. Although I agree with you, WP7 could be improved with some of WLPG’s features (better photos organisation, tagging, geo-location, or even some minor photo touch-up features).

          The same goes for Movie Maker – similar to iMovie on the iOS, WP7 should have some simple video editing built-in or via an official app.

      • http://about.me/mackenzieprice mackenziepricee

        Movie Marker should of been on the phone along with Messenger from when WP7 started shipping.

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    I remember a rumor from late 2010 about Windows Live for WP7 being a whole suite. A Mobile version of Windows Live Essentials pretty much. Really unclear why that has not materialized yet. But lets remember that there have been several mobile versions of Windows Live Messenger. The most recent one for a Microsoft Platform being the one in the ZuneHD. You could also said that while not cohesively under the umbrella of a software suite. Windows Mobile had/has a good Windows Live set of apps.

    Bizarrely enough the only platform that had a Windows Live Suite under such name has been Nokia thanks to the 2007 Nokia-Microsoft partnership deal.

    So while it is a mistery why it has taken so long for the Windows Live Team to deliver a software sute to WP7. I am willing to bet that it has been intentional and they are going to wait until post-mango to do it.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      To be honest Windows Live is quite integrated with WP7 already. Currently we already have integration with Windows Live Hotmail, Calendar, Contacts, “Social”, and SkyDrive (photos and OneNote only). From what we know already, “Mango” will bring better SkyDrive sync (with other office doc types). Let’s hope they fix up Calendar (multiple calendars) too.

      The only missing pieces at the moment are Messenger integration, and some sort of a Mesh client (to sync all types of documents to SkyDrive). For Messenger, I don’t see why they can’t implement that already. For Mesh client, I think it’d be better to wait for them to fix up the whole Mesh/SkyDrive storage thing first (i.e. integrate the two) before they implement it on WP7.

      • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

        How do you dare to forget about photo gallery and writer (that is my personal favorite)?

        http://s-ak.buzzfed.com/static/imagebuzz/web05/2011/1/14/10/son-i-am-disappoint-4114-1295018309-60.jpg

        • Damaster – LiveSide.net

          Oops sorry! Though I did think the “Photos” hub serves displaying photos pretty well. Although I agree with you, WP7 could be improved with some of WLPG’s features (better photos organisation, tagging, geo-location, or even some minor photo touch-up features).

          The same goes for Movie Maker – similar to iMovie on the iOS, WP7 should have some simple video editing built-in or via an official app.

      • http://about.me/mackenziepricee mackenziepricee

        Movie Marker should of been on the phone along with Messenger from when WP7 started shipping.

  • Caschatte

    Yes and 12 people will use it… Now if there were Office apps??? but alas the people in a cloud of self righteousness and infighting there at microsoft have no clue that they are being outflanked, out everythinged daily… They have already lost the average consumer and are working on loosing Partners by the droves. They have nothing to sell since they do not LISTEN.!!! Most consumers have no idea what windows is anymore. They just turn their machine on, thats it. As soon as someone sells a lap or desk that gets online cheaper than windows, its all over. Windows phone? yea right… Sell me a bridge

  • Caschatte

    Yes and 12 people will use it… Now if there were Office apps??? but alas the people in a cloud of self righteousness and infighting there at microsoft have no clue that they are being outflanked, out everythinged daily… They have already lost the average consumer and are working on loosing Partners by the droves. They have nothing to sell since they do not LISTEN.!!! Most consumers have no idea what windows is anymore. They just turn their machine on, thats it. As soon as someone sells a lap or desk that gets online cheaper than windows, its all over. Windows phone? yea right… Sell me a bridge

  • JSYOUNG571

    He we are 4 years later and Microsoft still has the same ole BS excuses of why they can put out better applications and services for othe platforms instead of their own. I have already decided to not support Windows Phone 7 and support Android instead since Microsoft seems not to still give a damn about their customers in the mobile department. The Bing HTML5 has been designed to work better on an iPad then the actual microsoft computer…WTH! The release of Bing HTML5 has taken forever to come out for us internet explorer 9 users and it is not what we saw presented at a Apple presentation. It just seems like a strip down version.

  • Anonymous

    He we are 4 years later and Microsoft still has the same ole BS excuses of why they can put out better applications and services for othe platforms instead of their own. I have already decided to not support Windows Phone 7 and support Android instead since Microsoft seems not to still give a damn about their customers in the mobile department. The Bing HTML5 has been designed to work better on an iPad then the actual microsoft computer…WTH! The release of Bing HTML5 has taken forever to come out for us internet explorer 9 users and it is not what we saw presented at a Apple presentation. It just seems like a strip down version.

  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

    This is just ridiculous. How come Microsoft can dedicate their time for iOS and not for WP7? Seriously WL team … WTF!!

  • http://josedmorales.net Josè Daniel

    This is just ridiculous. How come Microsoft can dedicate their time for iOS and not for WP7? Seriously WL team … WTF!!

  • http://mds.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Matt Sharpe

    Messenger by Miyowa on WP7 is complete and utter fail. Microsoft should be writing their own Messenger client. WLM on Windows Mobile was great.

  • http://mds.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Matt Sharpe

    Messenger by Miyowa on WP7 is complete and utter fail. Microsoft should be writing their own Messenger client. WLM on Windows Mobile was great.

  • prowler

    Why not develop for other OS’s, what else can you do when the selection of phones for your own OS is slim to nothing.

    What’s the Beef? Where’s the phones?!

  • prowler

    Why not develop for other OS’s, what else can you do when the selection of phones for your own OS is slim to nothing.

    What’s the Beef? Where’s the phones?!

  • Sparky

    How is this app even significant? It is terrible on Windows Phone . . . terrible.

  • Sparky

    How is this app even significant? It is terrible on Windows Phone . . . terrible.

  • wally

    O dont see it… ms y don’t you just give up.. .

  • Wallmjunk

    O dont see it… ms y don’t you just give up.. .

  • http://www.epregnancyjournals.com/ Gray Freeman

    Cool stuff! I got to check it out! :)

  • http://www.epregnancyjournals.com/ Gray Freeman

    Cool stuff! I got to check it out! :)

  • Fernando

    The messenger app in wp7 is garbage. Doesnt even support multiple points of presence.

  • Fernando

    The messenger app in wp7 is garbage. Doesnt even support multiple points of presence.

  • Joe

    This isn’t very good…I have an iPhone for work and the Live Messenger app on it…this doesn’t have multiple points login and no facebook chat…worthless really as the official messenger.

  • Joe

    This isn’t very good…I have an iPhone for work and the Live Messenger app on it…this doesn’t have multiple points login and no facebook chat…worthless really as the official messenger.

  • Eric

    Where is the app? I do not see it in the Market?

  • Eric

    Where is the app? I do not see it in the Market?

  • Caschatte

    Yes, and 4 years from now there will be the same conversations of “why” with microsoft. The next giant break thru’s will not come from these people. They are in a world of their own. Do not listen to their consumers. You all have read the news about pc sales recently… We will not support microsoft with another purchase of their products, the day has come when even the average person who knows nothing of this site or content does not give a rats ass or even knows where “windows” comes/came from, they only know obama is president, and they can facebook/tweet/text…

  • Caschatte

    Yes, and 4 years from now there will be the same conversations of “why” with microsoft. The next giant break thru’s will not come from these people. They are in a world of their own. Do not listen to their consumers. You all have read the news about pc sales recently… We will not support microsoft with another purchase of their products, the day has come when even the average person who knows nothing of this site or content does not give a rats ass or even knows where “windows” comes/came from, they only know obama is president, and they can facebook/tweet/text…