As none of us actually own an iPhone, it was rather problematic to actually do any kind of post on the new Messenger app for iPhone other than the PR stuff that’s floating around, so we’ve asked Jas Dhaliwal if he would mind doing a quick guest post for us. Here it is.
Today, Microsoft launched its official Windows Live Messenger app for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch in the US, Canada, UK and France. A free download from the App store, Windows Live Messenger for iPhone is a slim downed version of its Windows desktop big brother.
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As soon as you launch the Windows Live Messenger iPhone App, you are able to update your status on Windows Live and see the “social updates” from your friends. You can easily send text, emoticons, nudges, URLs and even photos with your IM messages.
The Hotmail icon (to the right of the status update area) displays new unread email messages. A quick tap on the icon, takes you to the mobile web version of Hotmail within the app itself. The Social tab aggregates all of the activities from your friends. You can filter the content by clicking on “status messages” or “photos” just to see that content. Clicking on the Friends tab, displays the familiar view that Windows Live users will already be accustomed to.
Chatting with friends is easy, by selecting the Chats tab you can easily see the flow of conversation which users will feel familiar with as it is the same kind of chat structure as the SMS flow in messaging. As expected, the new Wave 4 emoticons are all there.
One of the cool new features of the iPhone is app, is the ability to include photos in your status messages. Creating a photo status message from your iPhone is straightforward. Either, take a new picture with your phone, or select one from your local album. Alternatively, you can also pick a photo from your Windows SkyDrive, if you have photos stored there. You can add labels or annotations to your photos and even “style” them with the included photo effects feature
The app also provides push notification alerts, even when the app is closed.
One of the other interesting features, is that the Live Messenger app supports Multiple Points of Presence (MPOP). This means, I can keep my desktop version of Windows Live open and the continue to chat with my friends on the phone app. Updates appear in real time on the desktop client app. As you can in the picture below, Windows Live Messenger also shows you all of the locations that you are signed into, and allows you to easily sign out of them.
Overall, Windows Live Messenger for iPhone is a strong release and has already replaced many of the 3rd party services that I used previously to connect with friends on Windows Live.
Windows Live Messenger for the iPhone is available here.