updated 09:45 am EDT, Mon June 21, 2010
Windows Live Messenger iPhone marks 2nd MS app
Microsoft today posted its second major iPhone app today in the form of Windows Live Messenger (free, App Store). The download gives the expected instant messaging on Windows Live but also integrates closely with other networks; it also talks to Yahoo Messenger contacts, pulls status updates from Facebook, Flickr and MySpace.
The app is considered a social hub of its own and allows photo uploads with commenting and sharing. Hotmail users can check their e-mail from the app with notifications of new messages. Messenger should work with all iOS devices, including those upgraded to iOS 4.
Microsoft's app is paradoxically its most advanced version of the app on any mobile platform, but the company has historically been platform agnostic; the Bing app on the iPhone was the best version when initially released, and its Tag Reader app is available for most major platforms, including Android.