Microsoft Corp has released the Windows Live Messenger (WLM), which goes beyond traditional instant messaging service by enabling people to connect and share, with features like video calling, easy sharing folders and more. This service is among the 20 new Windows Live services that will be launched globally in the next one year in over 60 markets, including 12 in Asia.
WLM is currently available in the Asia Pacific region in India, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Alex Stewart, Microsoft’s Asia Pacific Director for the Windows Live and MSN businesses, said, “Windows Live is about providing consumers the tools and services they need to stay connected to people and at the same time protect their information across their online activities.”
WLM is designed to act as a window to the Internet, connecting people to their e-mail, blog, search and other Windows Live services through the click of a mouse.
Stewart added, “The vision of Windows Live is based around putting people at the centre of their digital life and creating a seamless experience across their PC, electronic devices, applications and the web.”
WLM provides numerous services like Video Calls, which is a free, synchronised audio and video service, powered by Logitech International SA, allowing customers to view and talk to their friends through their PCs in full-screen video. Microsoft Hardware and the Windows Live services group had announced last week a line of webcams that are optimised for use with Windows Live Messenger.
The service also provides a new, intuitive user interface, whereby customers can easily share their files and personal photos with people on their Messenger contact lists. Another feature, called the Window Live Contacts, enables customers to easily share their contact information with whoever they want to and also subscribe to their friends’ contacts to have their latest contact information.
In addition, WLM also facilitates integration with other Windows Live services such as Windows Live Search, Windows Live Local, Windows Live Mail and MSN Spaces.