Microsoft talks more about Twitter integration on Windows Phone “Mango”

By damaster | Posted July 20, 2011 53 comments

We reported a few weeks ago that Microsoft had been testing Twitter integration on Windows Phone “Mango” and Windows Live internally. Today, the Windows Phone team posted several new videos on their YouTube account, with various program managers talking about the new features that they had been working on in Windows Phone “Mango”. One of which is from Stuart Bottom, Program Manager at the Communications Group on Windows Phone, who talked about social notifications and filtering in the People Hub within the new Windows Phone OS. In particular, Stuart worked on the Twitter and LinkedIn integration, and talks about how his team designed it so that you can easily cut out the clutter to find the social feeds you care the most about. Check out the short video below:

One of the new feature mentioned in the video, social filtering, was rarely mentioned in various reviews on Windows Phone “Mango”. However, we believe it will be one of the most useful features once users start connecting Twitter to their Windows Phone and Windows Live accounts. As mentioned by Stuart, your social feeds might become really “noisy” when you follow dozens of people on Twitter, and social filtering will let you choose which network you’d like to see updates from. We think this combined with the new groups feature will really help you finding the social feeds you really care about.

Stuart also talked about the notifications feature. With Mango, you no longer have to go into the Facebook app to view your Facebook notifications – all you need to do is tap on the “Me” tile, and your notifications are just one swipe away. Not only does this show your Windows Live and Facebook notifications, but it’ll show notifications from Twitter as well, and as seen in the video you’ll see notifications when someone had mentioned you in a tweet. As speculated previously, Stuart also confirmed in the video that you’ll be able to  re-tweet and reply to tweets directly on your Windows Phone.

You can also check out other Windows Phone videos by going to the Windows Phone team’s YouTube channel.

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 3:27 am
  • http://twitter.com/dsteiner1992 Daniel Steiner

    So… Where is the Mango Update? ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Ludacris1990 Daniel Steiner

    So… Where is the Mango Update? ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Ludacris1990 Daniel Steiner

    So… Where is the Mango Update? ;)

  • Candid Calum

    This is great, but I really think Microsoft are going to have to now consider some deep Google+ integration (obviously only going through with it if Google+ becomes popular enough). I can’t stand Twitter, and I believe Google+ is better in many ways. I expect to end up using Google+ more than Twitter and Facebook, and if I do and Microsoft decide not to implement deep Google+ integration within Windows and Windows Phone, I might have to look into using Google’s phone and desktop operating systems instead :/ Microsoft really will need to embrace Google+ if it becomes successful, despite the fact they compete with Google in other markets.

    • Guest

      Why? Cant see any compelling reason to integrate google + into any Microsoft product no matter how successful it becomes. It has just launched, hasnt got anywhere near the number of users on Facebook, google themselves seem not too keen on expanding their services to WP7 and I highly doubt people are going to be basing their desktop OS choice on whether google + is integrated or not.

      • Candid Calum

        There are many benefits of such integration to people who use both Windows Phone and Google+. There are already 10 million Google+ users which is why I suggested Microsoft should look into such integration. Who knows how many of those are either current Windows Phone users or future Windows Phone users? It doesn’t matter how willing Google is to release apps for Windows Phone; operating system integration is something Microsoft would develop, not Google. People might not care that much about integration with Windows (although I think it would be nice), but I imagine a lot more people would care about integration with Windows Phone. Due to me wanting as much integration as possible, if I decided to move to Android due to the Google+ integration, I’d be likely to also switch to Chrome OS from Windows. I’m expressing my great concern here because I can’t stand the idea of switching. I love the design of Windows Phone, and expect I’ll love the design of Windows 8, so I’d like to use them both; however, if they don’t cater to some of my most valued desires, I cannot use them. Deep integration with the social network I choose to use is very important to me.

        In terms of it being integrated with Windows 8, it’s possible Windows 8 could include some kind of central notification system to inform us as soon as we receive a new notification. If they do this, it’s likely many people would appreciate Google+ notifications as well as Twitter and Facebook. Furthermore, along with this, there could be further integration of these services with Windows. No one knows what to expect.

        • Murani Lewis

          There is a difference between people who sign up and active, joyous users.  The only reason it got to the number of users it has is because friends were inviting people on their lists to try it out.  Lets not make Google+ into some kind of epic game changer just yet.

          Like Ef Jay said, Google doesn’t seem to anxious to place any of their services on WP7. 

          • Candid Calum

            I haven’t made it sound like some kind of game changer which is why my original comment has always said “Microsoft are going to have to now consider some deep Google+ integration (obviously only going through with it if Google+ becomes popular enough).” I used the word ‘consider’ for a reason; however, I also did express why I believe it *could* be a game changer (Twitter is an awful service compared to Google+; its ridiculous character limit has always made it unusable as a frequent place of posting for me).

            I’ve also pointed out that it doesn’t matter how anxious Google are to cater for Windows Phone users. Microsoft and Google are two different companies. If Google don’t release a Google+ app for Windows Phone, I will be disappointed in Google’s choice to alienate some of their users, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft would have to do the same. Microsoft may well understand that many of its Windows Phone users could desire deep Google+ integration.

    • Ian Walker

      I don’t want Google+ integration as it will only serve to bolster yet another entrant to the already crowded social networking arena.

      • Candid Calum

        Microsoft aim to cater for the desires of all of their users not just what you want. I don’t want Twitter integration, but I understand that many do. You wouldn’t have to use the Google+ integration at all, but it could be there for the many that may wish to use it.

        I find it funny you don’t appear to want Google+ to do well as a social network; what would have happened if everyone felt the same way when Facebook came along because they were happy using MySpace, Bebo, hi5, and others? I’m sure most would agree that Facebook was better at the time, and that it’s good it became more popular than MySpace. How about those who didn’t want Windows Phone because they were content with iOS and Android being in the market? There is a place for Google+ in the social networking field, as much as I hate to admit it, because it is so much better than Twitter and better than Facebook in many ways. I’ve spent much of my life hating Google because of their popularity in the same markets Microsoft compete in (seeing as I tend to prefer each Microsoft service and product over Google’s), but seeing as I’d like to use a social network, I have to use the one I deem best (as long as those I’d like to follow use it). Microsoft don’t have such a social networking service, and unfortunately, Google’s is looking to be the best (it is already much better than Twitter even though they haven’t yet released an API). I would much prefer it if Microsoft had released a service with Google+’s features, instead of Google, but unfortunately they didn’t.

    • SocialWeirdo

      Microsoft will most likely not grant G+ deep system integration as
      they are directly competing with it through their Skype acquisition and
      Facebook cooperation.
      And you got some seriously messed up priorities if you make your choice of desktop OS dependent on your social network.

      • Candid Calum

        I understand they may not, which is why I am so concerned.

        You’re the one with the messed up priorities if you put assuming over actually understanding my post. I clearly do not choose my desktop operating system over social network integration only, which is why I said I might have to *look into* using Chrome OS. I didn’t say I would definitely use it, and I didn’t say social networking integration would be the deciding factor. It would certainly be something that would make me consider switching though. Social networking integration is very important to me, and if Chrome OS caters for the same needs of mine that Windows does (but has this integration), switching would be a no brainer. As it stands, I would most likely stay with Windows because of the Metro-inspired design, and because I use Zune and Xbox, but I also might not. If they do shun Google+ and continue to shun it, they may well alienate many of their users.

        • Fred A.

          Boy CandidCalum,
          How old are you bro? You sound like a walking advert for Google. Give it a rest man. If G+ and/or Chrome OS become successful good, if they don’t, too bad. Stop triyng to ram that Google crap down other’s throats… Not everyone lives or dies by Google products.

          I have nothing against the company, but when people start acting like you, it gets a little boring…

          • Candid Calum

            I’m in my 20s, but age clearly has nothing to do with one posting an informed opinion about a product. I won’t give anything a rest, and I don’t appreciate your rude comment. Do you even understand the two concepts of opinions and comments? Everyone has opinions, and many people like to express their opinions by commenting about them. I’m not ramming any “Google crap” down anyone’s throats! I dislike Google as a company because I much prefer Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Live, Bing, Internet Explorer, Zune and other services over the Google equivalents. Due to that, I am extremely concerned because Google are the only company to release a social network I’d like to use, and I would like to use a social network. I revel in integration between different products and services I use, and appreciate the direction Microsoft is going in in terms of integration; this further concerns me in regard to my liking of Google+.

            I repeat: I’m not ramming any “Google crap” down anyone’s throats, I’m merely expressing my opinion on what I’d like to see in Windows Phone, as a Windows Phone user. That is what this comment section is for; it’s here for us to comment on the information in the article. It would do you good to not be so rude to people just because you don’t agree with their comments!

    • JSYOUNG571

      I have a Android Phone and Google+ is one of the apps on the phone.  I have to disagree with you Calum.. I believe Google+ should stay on Googles phones as well as their platform. It is not fair that Microsoft should be forced to embrace Google+ on its platform and phone when Google doesn’t embrace any of Microsoft products on their phones and platforms. I really believe Google+ is going to be for Google account holders period. I really enjoy the Windows Live and Facebook intergration. I hope we will continue to see more of it.

      • Candid Calum

        Unfortunately, even if you don’t mean to, you’re speaking from the point of view of a company that doesn’t care about its users; I’m hoping both Microsoft and Google aren’t like that (although it appears Google might be). You say it would not be fair for Microsoft to be forced to embrace Google+ when Google doesn’t embrace Microsoft products, but it’s not about what is fair for the companies, it’s about what is fair for the users. There are already some Google+ users who use a Windows Phone (I’m one of them), and I’d wager most of those would appreciate deep integration of Google+; if this ends up being millions of people, it would be unfair of Microsoft to not provide us with the integration that could benefit us when they’ve done so with Facebook and Twitter. Obviously Microsoft can add whichever features they like, but I imagine they’re trying to cater for what the majority of their users would like, and it could end up being that the majority of their users prefer Google+. I vehemently disagree with your suggestion that Google+ will be for Google account holders only (if you’re implying people who use Google services over Windows Live equivalents) because me and some of my close friends signed up for our Google+ accounts using our Windows Live IDs, and we continue to use Windows Live services over Google’s equivalents. The reason why I’ve opted to use Google+ over Facebook is because some of their features are implemented in a better way than Facebook’s (e.g. we’re allowed to edit posts and comments, use formatting in posts and comments, Circles is better than Friend Lists etc.), and Google have adopted the more superior ‘follow’ model over Facebook’s ‘friend’ model; not to mention, Google handles photos in a much more superior way (Facebook degrades the quality of photos).

        I’m sorry for the long reply; it’s just hard to explain why I believe Google+ is better than Facebook and Twitter because there are so many reasons why I prefer it. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as me just moving to Android because I much prefer Windows Phone, and I enjoy the integration between Windows Phone, Windows Live, Zune, Xbox, Bing, and other services).

  • CandidCalum

    This is great, but I really think Microsoft are going to have to now consider some deep Google+ integration (obviously only going through with it if Google+ becomes popular enough). I can’t stand Twitter, and I believe Google+ is better in many ways. I expect to end up using Google+ more than Twitter or Facebook, and if I do and Microsoft decide not to implement deep Google+ integration within Windows and Windows Phone, I might have to look into using Google’s phone and desktop operating systems :/ Microsoft really will need to embrace Google+ if it becomes successful, despite the fact they compete with Google in other markets.

    • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

      Why? Cant see any compelling reason to integrate google + into any Microsoft product no matter how successful it becomes. It has just launched, hasnt got anywhere near the number of users on Facebook, google themselves seem not too keen on expanding their services to WP7 and I highly doubt people are going to be basing their desktop OS choice on whether google + is integrated or not.

      • CandidCalum

        There are many benefits of such integration to people who use both Windows Phone and Google+. There are already 10 million Google+ users which is why I suggested Microsoft should look into such integration. Who knows how many of those are either current Windows Phone users or future Windows Phone users? It doesn’t matter how willing Google is to release apps for Windows Phone; operating system integration is something Microsoft would develop, not Google. People might not care that much about integration with Windows (although I think it would be nice), but I imagine a lot more people would care about integration with Windows Phone. Due to me wanting as much integration as possible, if I decided to move to Android due to the Google+ integration, I’d be likely to also switch to Chrome OS from Windows. I’m expressing my great concern here because I can’t stand the idea of switching. I love the design of Windows Phone, and expect I’ll love the design of Windows 8, so I’d like to use them both; however, if they don’t cater to some of my most valued desires, I cannot use them. Deep integration with the social network I choose to use is very important to me.

        In terms of it being integrated with Windows 8, it’s possible Windows 8 could include some kind of central notification system to inform us as soon as we receive a new notification. If they do this, it’s likely many people would appreciate Google+ notifications as well as Twitter and Facebook. Furthermore, along with this, there could be further integration of these services with Windows. No one knows what to expect.

        • Murani Lewis

          There is a difference between people who sign up and active, joyous users.  The only reason it got to the number of users it has is because friends were inviting people on their lists to try it out.  Lets not make Google+ into some kind of epic game changer just yet.

          Like Ef Jay said, Google doesn’t seem to anxious to place any of their services on WP7. 

          • CandidCalum

            I haven’t made it sound like some kind of game changer which is why my original comment has always said “Microsoft are going to have to now consider some deep Google+ integration (obviously only going through with it if Google+ becomes popular enough).” I used the word ‘consider’ for a reason; however, I also did express why I believe it could be a game changer (Twitter is an awful service compared to Google+).

            I’ve also pointed out that it doesn’t matter how anxious Google are to cater for Windows Phone users. Microsoft and Google are two different companies. If Google don’t release a Google+ app for Windows Phone, I will be disappointed in Google’s choice to alienate some of their users, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft would have to do the same. Microsoft may well understand that many of its Windows Phone users could desire deep Google+ integration.

    • http://twitter.com/rd3d Ian Walker

      I don’t want Google+ integration as it will only serve to bolster yet another entrant to the already crowded social networking arena.

      • CandidCalum

        Microsoft aim to cater for the needs of all of their users not just yours. I don’t want Twitter integration, but I understand that many do. You wouldn’t have to use Google+ integration at all; but it could be there for the many that may wish to use it.

        I find it funny you don’t appear to want Google+ to do well as a social network; what would have happened if everyone felt the same way when Facebook came along because they were happy using MySpace, Bebo, hi5, and others? There is a place for Google+ in the social networking field, as much as I hate to admit it, because it is so much better than Twitter and better than Facebook in many ways. I’ve spent much of my life hating Google because of their popularity in the same markets Microsoft compete in (and because I prefer each Microsoft service over Google’s), but seeing as I’d like to use a social network, I have to use the one I deem best. Microsoft don’t have a social networking service for us to try (Windows Live isn’t one any more), and unfortunately, Google’s is looking to be the best (it is already much better than Twitter even though they haven’t released an API). :(

    • SocialWeirdo

      Microsoft will most likely not grant G+ deep system integration as
      they are directly competing with it through their Skype acquisition and
      Facebook cooperation.
      And you got some seriously messed up priorities if you make your choice of desktop OS dependent on your social network.

      • CandidCalum

        I understand they may not, which is why I am so concerned.

        You’re the one with the messed up priorities if you put assuming over actually understanding my post. I clearly do not choose my desktop operating system over social network integration only, which is why I said I might have to *look into* using Chrome OS. I didn’t say I would definitely use it, and I didn’t say social networking integration would be the deciding factor. It would certainly be something that would make me consider switching though. Social networking integration is very important to me, and if Chrome OS caters for my needs as much as Windows does (but has this integration), switching would be a no brainer. As it stands, I would most likely stay with Windows because of the Metro-inspired design, and because I use Zune and Xbox, but I also might not. If they do shun Google+ and continue to shun it, they may well alienate many of their users.

        • Fred A.

          Boy CandidCalum, How old are you? You sound like a walking advert for G+. give it a rest. If it becomes sucsesful good, if it does too bad. Stop triyng to ram that Google crap down other’s throats…

          • CandidCalum

            I’m in my 20s, but age clearly has nothing to do with one posting an informed opinion about a product. I won’t give anything a rest, and I don’t appreciate your rude comment. Do you even understand the two concepts of opinions and comments? Everyone has opinions, and many people like to express their opinions by commenting about them. I’m not ramming any “Google crap” down anyone’s throats! I dislike Google as a company because I much prefer Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Live, Bing, Internet Explorer, Zune and other services over the Google equivalents. Due to that, I am extremely concerned because Google are the only company to release a social network I’d like to use, and I would like to use a social network. I revel in integration between different products and services I use, and appreciate the direction Microsoft is going in in terms of integration; this further concerns me in regard to my liking of Google+.

            I repeat: I’m not ramming any “Google crap” down anyone’s throats, I’m merely expressing my opinion on what I’d like to see in Windows Phone, as a Windows Phone user. That is what this comment section is for; it’s here for us to comment on the information in the article. It would do you good to not be so rude to people just because you don’t agree with their comments!

    • Anonymous

      I have a Android Phone and Google+ is one of the apps on the phone.  I have to disagree with you Calum.. I believe Google+ should stay on Googles phones as well as their platform. It is not fair that Microsoft should be forced to embrace Google+ on its platform and phone when Google doesn’t embrace any of Microsoft products on their phones and platforms. I really believe Google+ is going to be for Google account holders period. I really enjoy the Windows Live and Facebook intergration. I hope we will continue to see more of it.

      • CandidCalum

        Unfortunately, even if you don’t mean to, you’re speaking from the point of view of a company that doesn’t care about its users; I’m hoping both Microsoft and Google aren’t like that (although it appears Google might be). You say it would not be fair for Microsoft to be forced to embrace Google+ when Google doesn’t embrace Microsoft products, but it’s not about what is fair for the companies, it’s about what is fair for the users. There are already some Google+ users who use a Windows Phone (I’m one of them), and I’d wager most of those would appreciate deep integration of Google+; if this ends up being millions of people, it would be unfair of Microsoft to not provide us with the integration that could benefit us when they’ve done so with Facebook and Twitter. Obviously Microsoft can add whichever features they like, but I imagine they’re trying to cater for what the majority of their users would like, and it could end up being that the majority of their users prefer Google+. I vehemently disagree with your suggestion that Google+ will be for Google account holders only (if you’re implying people who use Google services over Windows Live equivalents) because me and some of my close friends signed up for our Google+ accounts using our Windows Live IDs, and we continue to use Windows Live services over Google’s equivalents. The reason why I’ve opted to use Google+ over Facebook is because some of their features are implemented in a better way than Facebook’s (e.g. we’re allowed to edit posts and comments, use formatting in posts and comments, Circles is better than Friend Lists etc.), and Google have adopted the more superior ‘follow’ model over Facebook’s ‘friend’ model; not to mention, Google handles photos in a much more superior way (Facebook degrades the quality of photos).

        I’m sorry for the long reply; it’s just hard to explain why I believe Google+ is better than Facebook and Twitter because there are so many reasons why I prefer it. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as me just moving to Android because I much prefer Windows Phone, and I enjoy the integration between Windows Phone, Windows Live, Zune, Xbox, Bing, and other services).

  • http://pmbaustin.myopenid.com/ pmbAustin

    The filtering by network is good, but I really need one additional level… for example, I don’t want my ENTIRE Facebook feed in the people hub… just updates from my “Friends” list.  Ditto on twitter… I have a “Friends” list that I’d want to filter by.  I follow almost 200 people on Twitter… lots of it is “noise” (politics, products, etc) that I occasionally find interesting, but wouldn’t want spewing on my phone all day. 

    Unless I can filter networks by the ‘lists’ they provide, it’s still going to be too much noise on the “what’s new” page.

    • damaster

      While I’m not sure if mango will support Facebook lists, one way to solve your problem is to use the new “groups” functionality. That will act as a filter and show feeds from those you care about only. :)

      • Candid Calum

        You are right that this would work, but it’s quite an annoyance for us to have to create Windows Phone Groups separately to our Facebook Friend Lists or Twitter Lists. There may be a reason as to why Microsoft didn’t include support for those in this update, but I certainly hope it’s coming.

    • Candid Calum

      I completely agree with this. I’m not sure why the Windows Phone team haven’t implemented support for Facebook Friend Lists and Twitter Lists, but it could become a really powerful feature for us if they did. They could have even linked Facebook Friend Lists and Twitter Lists with Windows Phone Groups. It might be coming in a future update; I really hope it is. Currently, we have to create Windows Phone Groups separately to those lists which is a huge annoyance. Not only that, but Groups don’t yet appear in the filter drop down for the People hub’s What’s New feed; only networks appear there (although we can see What’s New for a Group by clicking on the Group).

  • http://pmbaustin.myopenid.com/ pmbAustin

    The filtering by network is good, but I really need one additional level… for example, I don’t want my ENTIRE Facebook feed in the people hub… just updates from my “Friends” list.  Ditto on twitter… I have a “Friends” list that I’d want to filter by.  I follow almost 200 people on Twitter… lots of it is “noise” (politics, products, etc) that I occasionally find interesting, but wouldn’t want spewing on my phone all day. 

    Unless I can filter networks by the ‘lists’ they provide, it’s still going to be too much noise on the “what’s new” page.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      While I’m not sure if mango will support Facebook lists, one way to solve your problem is to use the new “groups” functionality. That will act as a filter and show feeds from those you care about only. :)

      • CandidCalum

        You are right that this would work, but it’s quite an annoyance for us to have to create Windows Phone Groups separately to our Facebook Friend Lists or Twitter Lists. There may be a reason as to why Microsoft didn’t include support for those in this update, but I certainly hope it’s coming.

    • CandidCalum

      I completely agree with this. I’m not sure why the Windows Phone team haven’t implemented support for Facebook Friend Lists and Twitter Lists, but it could become a really powerful feature for us if they did. They could have even linked Facebook Friend Lists and Twitter Lists with Windows Phone Groups. It might be coming in a future update; I really hope it is. Currently, we have to create Windows Phone Groups separately to those lists which is a huge annoyance. Not only that, but Groups don’t yet appear in the filter drop down for the People hub’s What’s New feed; only networks appear there (although we can see What’s New for a Group by clicking on the Group).

  • http://pmbaustin.myopenid.com/ pmbAustin

    The filtering by network is good, but I really need one additional level… for example, I don’t want my ENTIRE Facebook feed in the people hub… just updates from my “Friends” list.  Ditto on twitter… I have a “Friends” list that I’d want to filter by.  I follow almost 200 people on Twitter… lots of it is “noise” (politics, products, etc) that I occasionally find interesting, but wouldn’t want spewing on my phone all day. 

    Unless I can filter networks by the ‘lists’ they provide, it’s still going to be too much noise on the “what’s new” page.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      While I’m not sure if mango will support Facebook lists, one way to solve your problem is to use the new “groups” functionality. That will act as a filter and show feeds from those you care about only. :)

      • CandidCalum

        You are right that this would work, but it’s quite an annoyance for us to have to create Windows Phone Groups separately to our Facebook Friend Lists or Twitter Lists. There may be a reason as to why Microsoft didn’t include support for those in this update, but I certainly hope it’s coming.

    • CandidCalum

      I completely agree with this. I’m not sure why the Windows Phone team haven’t implemented support for Facebook Friend Lists and Twitter Lists, but it could become a really powerful feature for us if they did. They could have even linked Facebook Friend Lists and Twitter Lists with Windows Phone Groups. It might be coming in a future update; I really hope it is. Currently, we have to create Windows Phone Groups separately to those lists which is a huge annoyance. Not only that, but Groups don’t yet appear in the filter drop down for the People hub’s What’s New feed; only networks appear there (although we can see What’s New for a Group by clicking on the Group).

  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    Why? Cant see any compelling reason to integrate google + into any Microsoft product no matter how successful it becomes. It has just launched, hasnt got anywhere near the number of users on Facebook, google themselves seem not too keen on expanding their services to WP7 and I highly doubt people are going to be basing their desktop OS choice on whether google + is integrated or not.

  • http://twitter.com/rd3d Ian Walker

    I don’t want Google+ integration as it will only serve to bolster yet another entrant to the already crowded social networking arena.

  • SocialWeirdo

    Microsoft will most likely not grant G+ deep system integration as
    they are directly competing with it through their Skype acquisition and
    Facebook cooperation.
    And you got some seriously messed up priorities if you make your choice of desktop OS dependent on your social network.

  • Anonymous

    I have a Android Phone and Google+ is one of the apps on the phone.  I have to disagree with you Calum.. I believe Google+ should stay on Googles phones as well as their platform. It is not fair that Microsoft should be forced to embrace Google+ on its platform and phone when Google doesn’t embrace any of Microsoft products on their phones and platforms. I really believe Google+ is going to be for Google account holders period. I really enjoy the Windows Live and Facebook intergration. I hope we will continue to see more of it.

  • CandidCalum

    There are many benefits of such integration to people who use both Windows Phone and Google+. There are already 10 million Google+ users which is why I suggested Microsoft should look into such integration. Who knows how many of those are either current Windows Phone users or future Windows Phone users? It doesn’t matter how willing Google is to release apps for Windows Phone; operating system integration is something Microsoft would develop, not Google. People might not care that much about integration with Windows (although I think it would be nice), but I imagine a lot more people would care about integration with Windows Phone. Due to me wanting as much integration as possible, if I decided to move to Android due to the Google+ integration, I’d be likely to also switch to Chrome OS from Windows. I’m expressing my great concern here because I can’t stand the idea of switching. I love the design of Windows Phone, and expect I’ll love the design of Windows 8, so I’d like to use them both; however, if they don’t cater to some of my most valued desires, I cannot use them. Deep integration with the social network I choose to use is very important to me.

    In terms of it being integrated with Windows 8, it’s possible Windows 8 could include some kind of central notification system to inform us as soon as we receive a new notification. If they do this, it’s likely many people would appreciate Google+ notifications as well as Twitter and Facebook. Furthermore, along with this, there could be further integration of these services with Windows. No one knows what to expect.

  • CandidCalum

    Microsoft aim to cater for the needs of all of their users not just yours. I don’t want Twitter integration, but I understand that many do. You wouldn’t have to use Google+ integration at all; but it could be there for the many that may wish to use it.

    I find it funny you don’t appear to want Google+ to do well as a social network; what would have happened if everyone felt the same way when Facebook came along because they were happy using MySpace, Bebo, hi5, and others? There is a place for Google+ in the social networking field, as much as I hate to admit it, because it is so much better than Twitter and better than Facebook in many ways. I’ve spent much of my life hating Google because of their popularity in the same markets Microsoft compete in (and because I prefer each Microsoft service over Google’s), but seeing as I’d like to use a social network, I have to use the one I deem best. Microsoft don’t have a social networking service for us to try (Windows Live isn’t one any more), and unfortunately, Google’s is looking to be the best (it is already much better than Twitter even though they haven’t released an API). :(

  • Murani Lewis

    There is a difference between people who sign up and active, joyous users.  The only reason it got to the number of users it has is because friends were inviting people on their lists to try it out.  Lets not make Google+ into some kind of epic game changer just yet.

    Like Ef Jay said, Google doesn’t seem to anxious to place any of their services on WP7. 

  • CandidCalum

    I understand they may not, which is why I am so concerned.

    You’re the one with the messed up priorities if you put assuming over actually understanding my post. I clearly do not choose my desktop operating system over social network integration only, which is why I said I might have to *look into* using Chrome OS. I didn’t say I would definitely use it, and I didn’t say social networking integration would be the deciding factor. It would certainly be something that would make me consider switching though. Social networking integration is very important to me, and if Chrome OS caters for my needs as much as Windows does (but has this integration), switching would be a no brainer. As it stands, I would most likely stay with Windows because of the Metro-inspired design, and because I use Zune and Xbox, but I also might not. If they do shun Google+ and continue to shun it, they may well alienate many of their users.

  • CandidCalum

    I haven’t made it sound like some kind of game changer which is why my original comment has always said “Microsoft are going to have to now consider some deep Google+ integration (obviously only going through with it if Google+ becomes popular enough).” I used the word ‘consider’ for a reason; however, I also did express why I believe it could be a game changer (Twitter is an awful service compared to Google+).

    I’ve also pointed out that it doesn’t matter how anxious Google are to cater for Windows Phone users. Microsoft and Google are two different companies. If Google don’t release a Google+ app for Windows Phone, I will be disappointed in Google’s choice to alienate some of their users, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft would have to do the same. Microsoft may well understand that many of its Windows Phone users could desire deep Google+ integration.

  • Fred A.

    Boy CandidCalum, How old are you? You sound like a walking advert for G+. give it a rest. If it becomes sucsesful good, if it does too bad. Stop triyng to ram that Google crap down other’s throats…

  • CandidCalum

    I’m in my 20s, but age clearly has nothing to do with one posting an informed opinion about a product. I won’t give anything a rest, and I don’t appreciate your rude comment. Do you even understand the two concepts of opinions and comments? Everyone has opinions, and many people like to express their opinions by commenting about them. I’m not ramming any “Google crap” down anyone’s throats! I dislike Google as a company because I much prefer Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Live, Bing, Internet Explorer, Zune and other services over the Google equivalents. Due to that, I am extremely concerned because Google are the only company to release a social network I’d like to use, and I would like to use a social network. I revel in integration between different products and services I use, and appreciate the direction Microsoft is going in in terms of integration; this further concerns me in regard to my liking of Google+.

    I repeat: I’m not ramming any “Google crap” down anyone’s throats, I’m merely expressing my opinion on what I’d like to see in Windows Phone, as a Windows Phone user. That is what this comment section is for; it’s here for us to comment on the information in the article. It would do you good to not be so rude to people just because you don’t agree with their comments!

  • CandidCalum

    Unfortunately, even if you don’t mean to, you’re speaking from the point of view of a company that doesn’t care about its users; I’m hoping both Microsoft and Google aren’t like that (although it appears Google might be). You say it would not be fair for Microsoft to be forced to embrace Google+ when Google doesn’t embrace Microsoft products, but it’s not about what is fair for the companies, it’s about what is fair for the users. There are already some Google+ users who use a Windows Phone (I’m one of them), and I’d wager most of those would appreciate deep integration of Google+; if this ends up being millions of people, it would be unfair of Microsoft to not provide us with the integration that could benefit us when they’ve done so with Facebook and Twitter. Obviously Microsoft can add whichever features they like, but I imagine they’re trying to cater for what the majority of their users would like, and it could end up being that the majority of their users prefer Google+. I vehemently disagree with your suggestion that Google+ will be for Google account holders only (if you’re implying people who use Google services over Windows Live equivalents) because me and some of my close friends signed up for our Google+ accounts using our Windows Live IDs, and we continue to use Windows Live services over Google’s equivalents. The reason why I’ve opted to use Google+ over Facebook is because some of their features are implemented in a better way than Facebook’s (e.g. we’re allowed to edit posts and comments, use formatting in posts and comments, Circles is better than Friend Lists etc.), and Google have adopted the more superior ‘follow’ model over Facebook’s ‘friend’ model; not to mention, Google handles photos in a much more superior way (Facebook degrades the quality of photos).

    I’m sorry for the long reply; it’s just hard to explain why I believe Google+ is better than Facebook and Twitter because there are so many reasons why I prefer it. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as me just moving to Android because I much prefer Windows Phone, and I enjoy the integration between Windows Phone, Windows Live, Zune, Xbox, Bing, and other services).