Google is now a connected service to Windows Live

By LiveSide | In Featured, News | Posted February 26, 2012 26 comments

Google plus Windows LiveEver since Wave 3, Windows Live have always had the ability to connect within various social services from across the web, most notably services such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.  By connecting other social services and websites to Windows Live, depending on the connection, you’ll be able to do things like viewing and posting status updates directly to/from Windows Live, integrating the contact list (which automatically de-duplicates for you), or in Facebook’s case, access Facebook Chat from Windows Live.

There are currently over 88 connected services from all across the world available on Windows Live. However, while YouTube and Blogger are available as a connected service, Google itself never made it onto the list. While you could always “import” your Google contacts into Windows Live (meaning their contact details are copied over to as a Windows Live contact instead), this is different from having it exist as a connected service (where there is a link between Windows Live and Google, and any updates to the contacts on Google will be reflected in Windows Live periodically). We’ve recently noticed that this is changing, and Google is now finally available as a connected service to Windows Live:

Google Connect Service

At the moment, you can access your Google contacts from Messenger and Hotmail, and Windows Live will  do the de-duplication for you in case you have the same contact on Messenger, Facebook or LinkedIn already:

Google Contacts

However, the social aspects of Google+ are not available yet, so don’t expect your Google+ social feeds to start flowing into your Messenger Social or Windows Phone. This might set to change in the future, given that Microsoft is continuously expanding the connected service’s capability over time (for example, most recently with China’s micro-blogging service Sina Weibo). There was also a wild rumor that Google+ is coming to Windows Phone, although the validity of the source is questionable.

You can connect Google to Windows Live now by clicking here.

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 2:59 am
  • luis matoso

    no google services to me, except google earth, nothing more.

    • Ray Wall

      Not available for me either.  It must be rolling out, I suppose.

  • luis matoso

    no google services to me, except google earth, nothing more.

    • raywall

      Not available for me either.  It must be rolling out, I suppose.

  • technogran

    I would certainly welcome the inclusion of Google + into the mix in Windows Live and also on Windows phone 7.

  • technogran

    I would certainly welcome the inclusion of Google + into the mix in Windows Live and also on Windows phone 7.

  • efjay

    google, no thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    google, no thanks!

  • Webguy

    I only use google for my adwords and adsense accounts. Also to their credit Google Analytics blows away anything Bing has.  Microsoft really needs to work on improving their tools in this area.

  • Webguy

    I only use google for my adwords and adsense accounts. Also to their credit Google Analytics blows away anything Bing has.  Microsoft really needs to work on improving their tools in this area.

  • JSYOUNG571

    Why can you connect Twitter on Windows phone 7, but still can’t connect it on Windows Live connect? We had this feature almost 3 years ago and Microsoft closed it down. There has been rumours that Twitter would return to Windows Live connect over the years, but nothing has happened so far.

    • Ed Ferron

       You can connect twitter on your windows phone
      [I am obligated to say I work for Microsoft]

      • JSYOUNG571

        Thank you Edward for you response, but I was talking about the Windows Live Messenger connect service on the desktop version of Windows Live.

        • damaster

          Seems like Twitter is there in the new “People” app in Windows 8?

  • JSYOUNG571

    Why can you connect Twitter on Windows phone 7, but still can’t connect it on Windows Live connect? We had this feature almost 3 years ago and Microsoft closed it down. There has been rumours that Twitter would return to Windows Live connect over the years, but nothing has happened so far.

    • http://twitter.com/eferron Edward Ferron

       You can connect twitter on your windows phone
      [I am obligated to say I work for Microsoft]

      • JSYOUNG571

        Thank you Edward for you response, but I was talking about the Windows Live Messenger connect service on the desktop version of Windows Live.

        • Damaster – LiveSide.net

          Seems like Twitter is there in the new “People” app in Windows 8?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W2SYLVGES4H7NJDEYDHVMKH5HI Khaled Jaber

    I only use Google Voice, which if Skype offers something similar for free I would switch on a heartbeat!

    • allanwith

      Yeah, me too, I’d love to be able to port my old cell phone number over as well, which isn’t possible at the moment. Maybe Microsoft could even attempt to collaborate with certain telco’s and integrate Skype the way that Google Voice and SPRINT has done it.

      • damaster

        Phone number porting has nothing to do with the phone OS or Microsoft. In Australia it is by law that telcos have to allow consumers to port numbers across carriers for free, regardless of what phone you’re using.

        And have you tried the new Skype app for Windows Phone?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W2SYLVGES4H7NJDEYDHVMKH5HI Khaled Jaber

    I only use Google Voice, which if Skype offers something similar for free I would switch on a heartbeat!

    • allanwith

      Yeah, me too, I’d love to be able to port my old cell phone number over as well, which isn’t possible at the moment. Maybe Microsoft could even attempt to collaborate with certain telco’s and integrate Skype the way that Google Voice and SPRINT has done it.

      • Damaster – LiveSide.net

        Phone number porting has nothing to do with the phone OS or Microsoft. In Australia it is by law that telcos have to allow consumers to port numbers across carriers for free, regardless of what phone you’re using.

        And have you tried the new Skype app for Windows Phone?

  • allanwith

    Nice 1st step, further steps would be great. Another service I’d like to see integrated is Dropbox! If they’d let me mount a dropbox folder within Skydrive so that I could share files with people on dropbox, but not actually use the dropbox client myself…

  • allanwith

    Nice 1st step, further steps would be great. Another service I’d like to see integrated is Dropbox! If they’d let me mount a dropbox folder within Skydrive so that I could share files with people on dropbox, but not actually use the dropbox client myself…