Via a new move on the Windows Live front, Microsoft is placing its instant messaging service firmly at the center of the social networking universe. The Redmond company’s Windows Live Messenger is already on the top of the world in terms of audience, and Microsoft aims to solidify its position with a landmark deal involving Bebo, Hi5, Tagged, LinkedIn and Facebook. The Redmond giant explained that the move was motivated by the need to support data portability, as well as put end users in control of their information.
“Microsoft has partnered with some of the world’s top social networks on contact data portability. We will be working with Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, Tagged and LinkedIn to exchange functionally-similar Contacts APIs, allowing us to create a safe, secure two-way street for users to move their relationships between our respective services. Along with these collaborations, Microsoft is introducing a new website at www.invite2messenger.net that people can visit to invite their friends from our partner social networks to join their Windows Live Messenger contact list,” stated John Richards, Director of Windows Live Platform.
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