With the release of MSN Messenger 7.5 in August 2005,
Microsoft introduced a protocol handler which allows us to integrate
MSN Messenger (and later Windows Live
Messenger) into our MSN Spaces, personal blogs or
other websites with the use of special HTML codes. Here's an overview of the
four uses of the msnim protocol handler with hyperlink
- msnim:add - Allow your visitors to add you to their MSN
contacts immediately. Example: <a
href="msnim:firstname.lastname@example.org ">Add me to your MSN Messenger
- msnim:chat - Clicking this link will open a conversation
with email@example.com and allows instant chatting. Example: <a
href="msnim:firstname.lastname@example.org ">Click here to
- msnim:voice - Allow your visitors to start Voice chatting
with you in just one click. Example: <a
href="msnim:email@example.com ">Start a Voice chat with
- msnim:video - Launches a Video conversation straight from a
web page. Example: <a href="msnim:firstname.lastname@example.org
">Start a Video chat with me</a>.
In each case the visitor is required to be logged into MSN Messenger
7.5 or higher. One's privacy settings and reaction speed to the warning
prompts and invitation requests will eventually influence the "instant"
character of these codes.