Sharing Music and Videos with Messenger in Windows Phone 7 Mango

Here’s a Mango feature that I wasn’t aware off: Music and Video sharing via Messenger. As you probably already know the Messenger integration in the Windows Phone 7 Mango (build 7712) allows you to share pictures with your chat buddies but what you may not know (and I personally didn’t, so thanks to Nathaniel for giving me the heads up on this one) is that you can share music files (wma/mp3) and videos files (wmw/mp4) from a PC to a windows Phone on Messenger. As you will see in the video demo I shot below the files are downloaded to the phone and can then be played back from there.They are unfortunately not saved to the Music & Video hub so you will only show up in their respective Messenger thread (they will be gone from your phone when you delete the conversation thread. Video after the break:

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IM+ for Windows Phone 7 gets a price cut and now supports Windows Live Messenger

I+M for Windows Phone 7 has just received a price cut (from $9.99 to $4.99) and now includes support for Windows Live Messenger unlike the initial version. If you have a developer unlocked WP7 handsets then you probably won’t really care because the Mango Beta natively supports Messenger and Facebook chat in the messaging application of the OS. I+M still support Google Talk, etc so you may give it a try anyway. Download it here.

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IM+ for Windows Phone 7 is now available for $9.99

Now that’s a price I wasn’t expecting! IM+ for Windows Phone 7 has be certified and is now available for purchase on the Marketplace. Unfortunately, besides the relatively high price, there’s no trial mode so you either take the plunge or forget about it. Anyway, if you have a developer unlocked device you can still use the Promo version that you can see in my video here. The retail version can be downloaded here.

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IM+ for Windows Phone 7 preview

I’ve decided to try out the preview version of IM+ for Windows Phone 7 and frankly I’m impressed by the quality of the application. As previously announced the instant messaging application has been submit to the Marketplace and is awaiting certification. What has also been unveiled is that it will unfortunately not include support for Windows Live Messenger (per Microsoft’s request) but you can obviously still use it with the following services: Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Jabber, ICQ, MySpace, Skype, Yahoo and AOL. Most importantly the application just works (yes even the push notifications). I’ve shot a video of the preview version of the application in action on my Omnia 7 so hit the break to watch it:

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IM+ messenger application for Windows Phone 7 finally submitted to the Marketplace

The famous Instant Messenger client, IM+ is finally headed to Windows Phone 7 according to the developer’s latest tweet indicating that the application has been submitted to the Marketplace for review. IM+ Web Messenger allows user to log in and chat with contacts from Windows Live Messenger, Facebook Chat, Skype, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, MySpace, ICQ, Google Talk and Jabber. It will be interesting to see how the application will effectively work given that there no TCP/IP support in the current pre-Mango version of Windows Phone 7. Will it use some kind of HTTP routing/tunneling or maybe use the Webbrowser control and thus go through web version of the service.

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Windows Live Messenger for Windows Phone 7 Officially unveiled

I was the first to show you that Windows Live Messenger was coming to Windows Phone 7 a couple of days. Unfortunately nothing was official yet and there’s was a bit of confusion about who was actually developing the application (as you can see in the comments section). French developers Miyowa have officially announced that they were enlisted by Microsoft to develop the WP7 version of the app in a blog post a few hours ago:

Here at Miyowa, we’ve had the pleasure of being able to play around on it for the past few months, as Microsoft have enlisted Miyowa to create the Windows Live Messenger app for the new OS.
We’ve long been partners with Microsoft, and are their number 1 mobile Windows Live Messenger provider. In fact, it is the success of our mobile WLM app that long ago helped us grow from a company with a couple of people working away in a tiny office, to the multi-national we are today!
And, now that we’ve expanded our expertise, and become market leaders in mobile Facebook, Twitter, Myspace (and, of course, official partners of each) you can look forward to seeing Miyowa clients for those networks in the WP7 Marketplace too.

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Windows Live Messenger for Zune HD released

Looks like Windows Phone 7 isn’t the only platform getting Windows Live Messenger this fall. Microsoft has just released the Zune HD version of the messaging application on the Marketplace. As you can see in the screenshot above the application looks diffrent from the WP7 version revealed yesterday. The application apparently features FaceBook,Flickr and MySpace integration. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be widely availalbe yet (I can’t see it yet in the Marketplace).

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Messenger and MSN applications coming to Windows Phone 7

UK Blogger Michael Gillet sat down with Microsoft UK’s head of marketing for Windows Phone 7, Oled Ran who showed him a demo of an unannounced MSN application that apparently works as an advanced RSS reader for the MSN news services (and lets you stream video through it). Interestingly,Oled also told him and Sony Ericsson is currently working on at least one Windows phone 7 handset. You probably remember that SE announced last week that their main focus will be on Android but that WP7 was still on their road-map so it’s good to have a confirmation coming from Microsoft’s side.

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Microsoft launches Windows Live Messenger phone


Microsoft just sent me an interesting press release a few minutes ago. The company is announcing the launch of a Windows Live Messenger handset in partnership with French carrier SFR. The Messenger Edition 251 by SFR is described as the first phone aimed at the youth market. Interestingly this sounds a lot like what MS is supposedly doing with Project Pink in the US. As you can see in the picture above the phone has a full azerty keyboard and features a dedicated Messenger Buddy button. No info was release on the ODM/OEM building the device or the OS powering it. Microsoft & SFR are also launching a dedicated website: www.meilleursamisdumonde.fr

The Messenger Edition 251 is available today in France for €79 with a pre-paid contract.

Messenger Edition 251 by SFR, au cœur de la stratégie mobilité de Microsoft et SFR

Premier éditeur deservices mobiles en France avec près de 6 millions d’utilisateurs mensuels, dont 2.6 millions sur Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft propose aux utilisateurs une expérience numérique fluide, en leur donnant facilement accès à leurs services préférés, tels que Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail, MSN ou Bing, en situation de mobilité.

En lançant Messenger Edition 251 by SFR, Microsoft souhaite démocratiser le marché des mobiles communautaires en plein essor, en proposant son service de messagerie Instantanée emblématique à une nouvelle catégorie d’utilisateurs.

« Les jeunes de moins de 25 ans comptent parmi les plus fervents utilisateurs de nos services Internet, affirme Nicolas Petit, Directeur de la Division Mobilité chez Microsoft France. Nous sommes donc heureux de pouvoir leur offrir, en partenariat avec SFR, la première offre mobile parfaitement adaptée à leurs besoins, pour une expérience de messagerie instantanée sans limite, même en mobilité. Avec Messenger Edition 251 by SFR, le phénomène Messenger va connaître un nouvel essor, une nouvelle fois porté par les jeunes qui ont contribué à son succès depuis 10 ans. ».

« Messenger est incontournable aujourd’hui pour les jeunes et s’inscrit naturellement dans la promesse que fait SFR à ses clients : rester tout le temps en contact avec leursamis, en illimité ! s’enthousiasme Hala Bavière, Directrice Marketing Clients Jeunes chez SFR. Pour que les clients SFR La Carte puissent également profiter de ce service en toute liberté, nous avons choisi de lancer conjointement Messenger Edition 251 by SFR et une recharge avec Texto etMessenger en illimité spécialement adaptée ».