Earlier this morning, Jeff Kunins posted the announcement that Messenger Connect is out of beta and available worldwide. Key excerpts from his post include
Today, we are pleased to announce that Messenger Connect is out of beta and available worldwide. We’ve gotten a great response so far: leading sharing syndicators ShareThis, AddThis, Gigya, and AddToThis have already made the Windows Live sharing badge available on more than 1 million websites (check it out now on Bing).
Over 2500 developers gave us great feedback during the beta, helping us to refine and improve this release of Messenger Connect. Below is a quick summary, but for all the details check out this post from Angus on the Windows Live for Developers blog. Our focus with the release of Messenger Connect was to make it easier for partners to adopt, without compromising user privacy.
- Easier to check out –We made it faster and simpler for partners to try out Messenger Connect and determine if it would be useful for their sites. For example: you can try out the real time chat control without needing to write any code.
- Easier to adopt and integrate– We reduced the effort needed for sites to implement Messenger Connect usefully and powerfully by providing new tools and sample code for ActivityStrea.ms template selectors and more.
A number of folks worked really hard behind the scenes to get us to this point and I’m glad to see what we’ve shipped today. I haven’t announced this on my blog yet but I recently took over as the Lead Program Manager responsible for our Messenger Connect and related platform efforts in Windows Live. If you’ve been a regular reader of my blog it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’ve decided to make working on building open web platforms my day job and not just a hobby I was interested in.
As Angus Logan says in his follow up blog post on the Windows Live for Developers blog; this is just the beginning. We’d love to get feedback from the community of developers on what we’ve released and the feedback we’ve gotten thus far has been immensely helpful. You can find us at http://dev.live.com/forums
PS: Since someone asked on Twitter, you can find out more about Messenger Connect by reading What is Messenger Connect?
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