Orange Messenger by Windows Live: Goin’ Mobile Messaging
This is the first RSS post (below) I have seen that mentions the new Orange Messenger by Windows Live since the announcement, it doesn’t provide any analysis of the event, simply reporting of it though, unless you count the highlighting of the access to contacts bit which is interesting as I figure that’s one of the best features of the new service even if I have that from OTA Outlook!
In fact I’ve seen very little in the Blogosphere about it all which is one the one hand kind of strange and on the other to be expected.
I say strange because it represents a big shift in the previous strategy to mobile IM for Orange but perhaps that’s not lear to anyone external, in fact most probably don’t know anything about previous incarnations of Orange Messenger (Orange Link), or that they were built on Jabber using XMPP, that it was inter-operable with other operators in France and more besides. However that is all history as they say…
To be expected? Well although there are some good numbers in there ‘enable the 135 million France Telecom European customers (served by Orange or another brand) to’interact with 240 million worldwide Windows Live Messenger users‘ it is Microsoft and many will think Windows Mobile devices only and then there’s the fact it’s Microsoft, to many that’s a problem, not to me, I have an SPV, I’ve had pretty much all of them and I still love/hate them a lot. Maybe things will change when the Java solution to enable all (Orange) phones to make use of this is available? Until then it’s still pretty niche given the 2B odd phones on the planet
Here’s the original post that spurred this train of thought….
Microsoft and France Telecom have launched mobile messaging into the PC and mobile space with’‘Orange Messenger by Windows Live’ (some name, huh?).
This will’provide access to the Windows Live Messenger community and to the Orange portal services,’enabling consumers to access an instant messaging service ‘Orange Messenger by Windows Live’ that promises to delivers’rich communications services experience on the PC and mobile, including’all-the-time access to contacts.
By using the Windows Live platform, the new Orange Messenger by Windows Live service will enable the 135 million France Telecom European customers (served by Orange or another brand) to’interact with 240 million worldwide Windows Live Messenger users.
It will provide’a connection to all of the Orange portal services: E-mail, blog, ring tones, logos and ‘today’s page,’ while continuing to have access to the Windows Live services.
- On PC: Video over IP, multi-videoconferencing, etc.
- On Mobile: Interoperability of Orange Messenger by Windows Live with other mobile operators, SMS service continuity and 3G videoconference
Now this should be interesting …