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 MSN Messenger strengthens mobile presence worldwide
MSN Messenger strengthens mobile presence worldwide

dwergs says ( 17 Sep 2005 ):

 

News is oozing in about telcos around the world offering MSN Messenger to their mobile phone subscribers. At the end of last month, Bell Canada, national leader in communications, announced the availability of MSN Messenger on its mobile phones as first in country.

A couple of days ago Dutch Telco KPN has made our favorite IM software available broadly on its i-mode devices. i-mode subscribers from The Netherlands will have access to their contact list from their phones and, with one click of a button, be able to connect with those contacts that are online for an extra $3.05 a month on top of their i-mode payment plan.

msn messenger on the phoneEarlier this week Shanghai MSN Network Communications Technology Co Ltd, a joint venture between Microsoft and Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd, announced the launch of the MSN Mobile service in China. Chinese MSN Messenger customers are now able to enjoy MSN mobile services, customized and localized especially for the Chinese market. "China is an important market for MSN and we're working to provide customized solutions that could adapt to local needs and environments," said Blake Irving, corporate vice-president in charge of MSN Communication Services and Member Platform Group of Microsoft.

[Sources: Bell Canada Enterprises, Telecomweb and China Daily]



 MSN RSS Tab turns up in Belgian MSN Messenger
MSN RSS Tab turns up in Belgian MSN Messenger

dwergs says ( 16 Sep 2005 ):

 

msn rss msn messengerStarting this week, Belgian users of MSN Messenger have an RSS feed Tab at their disposal. RSS is an acronym for Rich Site Summary (or Really Simple Syndication since 2.0), an XML format for distributing news headlines on the Web, also known as "syndication".

Websites with RSS feeds usually have an orange icon (rss feed) somewhere on the page, linking to the XML location which you'll have to enter in the MSN RSS-reader Tab (view the page here).

We are unaware of the availability of this Tab in other regions, so tell us if you get one outside of Belgium too!



 Microsoft and AOL are Talking
Microsoft and AOL are Talking

dwergs says ( 16 Sep 2005 ):

 

A possible MSN-AOL partnership has been getting lots of press coverage the past couple of hours. Some anonymous sources claim talks are preliminary, other consider them advanced. Exactly which businesses or technologies the two companies will merge is not known at this time, but the move would help them better compete against Google and Yahoo!.

One source, Associated Press, refers to collaborating on search technology, online advertising... and Instant Messaging technologies! Contrary to the European market, AOL Instant Messenger is far more popular in the U.S. than MSN Messenger. It makes sense if they'd try to merge both userbases at some point, but a fuse of the MSN Messenger and AIM software sounds like a monster to me!



 MSN Messenger Activity API: Presentation
MSN Messenger Activity API: Presentation

dwergs says ( 15 Sep 2005 ):

 

Scott Swanson, from the MSN Messenger Platform Planning Team, yesterday hosted the COM301 breakout session at the PDC in L.A. and we got a hold of his Powerpoint presentation. The 25 slides give a nice overview of what all the API fuss is about, from "What Are Activity Applications?" over "Design Considerations" to "Provisioning" and "Debugging".

Meanwhile the first coding utterances have started to emerge, like TheBlasphemer's Tankwars, Balupton's translator, Timothy's Fishes and Zero1's Shared Search. More on all these later!

>> Download Scott Swanson's MSN Messenger Activity API Presentation

>> Tutorial by Timothy: How to properly write your own "network protocol".

>> Subscribe to the MSN Messenger Activity API thread on our forum.

>> Visit the World's Best App Contest home.



 Twenty-five more Web2Messenger invites... HIDDEN!
Twenty-five more Web2Messenger invites... HIDDEN!

dwergs says ( 14 Sep 2005 ):

 

As begged for (yes, I'm looking at *you* Ricmacas ;)!) and thanks to Messers (*holds breath*) jungzandvliet, aposada, Sypher, Cee-estee, DN2004 (six!), marcin8c, KrisReynolds, phil4071, Underlord (five!) and ben339, I have 25 more Web2Messenger invites to share with you. Contrary to our previous giveaways I'm going to make it a bit harder this time and hide them in a trail of dots... Good luck on your treasure hunt!

UPDATE: All invites have been discovered (to the nuisance of Messers like jrevxrockangel88).

If you're too late but really want to get a hold of one, I advise you to subscribe to the Web2Messenger thread on our forum for the occasionally shared invite. And if you subscribe to our Mess.be News Alerts you'll be among the first to know when we have posted another batch front page. I'm also about to post my personal invites on the Oompa Loompa thing, so keep an eye on that too.

>> What's Web2Messenger?



 MSN Messenger Activity SDK: Continued
MSN Messenger Activity SDK: Continued

dwergs says ( 13 Sep 2005 ):

 

Uncle Timothy is sharing his knowledge on the MSN Messenger Activity SDK in a special forum topic and he's constantly refreshing it with stuff like a quick tutorial and examples. Subscribe to that thread if you're planning to participate in the World's Best App contest.

Also, if you have any questions regarding the World's Best App contest or Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles this week, add imappsmsn.com to your contact list and start talking to the IM Apps Bot!

Talking about the PDC, if you're lucky enough to attend it you can meet members of the MSN Messenger Team at the MSN Messenger demo station! Two meetings to put in your agenda if you're there: on September 14th, at 1:45pm in Room 406 AB, there's the COM301 breakout session where you can learn the details of building an Activity API application. And on Thursday, September 15th from 5:30pm till 9:00pm there an "Ask the Experts" session where you can discuss the API or anything about MSN Messenger in general. Please take notes and pictures and overwhelm us with them! No, seriously, if you're attending the PDC let us know!

>> More information about the World's Best App contest.



 Exclusive: MSN Messenger Activity SDK
<b>Exclusive: MSN Messenger Activity SDK</b>

timothy says ( 12 Sep 2005 ):

 

Most official sites about the cool new MSN Messenger Activity SDK are down at the moment, or linking to non-existent files. But we present you the official download link so you can get a nice head start.

We will post more updates, how to's and Messer's creations soon!

>> Download MSN Messenger Activity SDK.

>> Visit the World's Best App Contest site.



 MSN Messenger Activity Contest: Build it. Share it. Win!
MSN Messenger Activity Contest: Build it. Share it. Win!

dwergs says ( 12 Sep 2005 ):

 

"Build it. Share it. Win! Invent a unique activity app for MSNŽ Messenger. Use our free Software Development Kit to create your masterpiece with MSN Messenger Activity API. If you are chosen, Microsoft will help share it with MSN Messenger users around the globe. Start now!"

Like we previously reported, the Messenger Activity contest has opened today, it will run until December 31st and it's open to information technology professionals who are at least 18 years of age. Entries can be either gaming or non-gaming applications. Complete rules can be found at the World's Best App Contest site.

Mess.be will closely follow the MSN Messenger World's Best App story as it evolves, so keep focused.

>> Visit the World's Best App Contest site.



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