Microsoft Corporation is getting even chummier with Apple Inc. Apparently, Google’s unfriendly initiatives toward Apple’s business has made Microsoft the new BFF for Steve Jobs & friends. After letting its Bing search engine be ported to the iPhone iOS 4 platform, Microsoft gifts another sweet offering to the Apple camp. The Windows God has finally released an iPhone version of its very popular Windows Live Messenger chat software. It’s free and you can get it now from the iTunes Market. This free iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad app will let you chat with your Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger buddies.
It took Microsoft almost two years to release this messaging app to the iPhone realm and I bet a lot of people are very happy about it. Windows Live Messenger is currently the world’s favorite IM software with over 330 million active users at the end of 2009. Microsoft has already previously offered a mobile version for Symbian s60 and Blackberry OS but it was only on June 21, 2010 that it released a compatible version for Apple devices. I believe the two companies have already settled their differences and are now amiable to cooperative competition.
The Windows Live Messenger 1.0.1 requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later. It’s a small download at only 7.2 MB. This software will not only let you chat with your friends on the Windows and Yahoo messenger networks but will also allow you to send and receive files. It also includes Social Networking functions, you can view your friends and relatives’ status updates from Facebook, MySpace, Youtube and others. Lastly, you will be able to access your Hotmail email account without the need to close the mobile app. You can read, edit, compose email messages right inside the application.