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Facebook Chat comes to Windows Live Messenger

Now, I try not to bore you too often with posts about work, but every so often we do something I can’t help but brag about.  Today was one of those days.

Around noon Pacific, we released an update to the Windows Live Messenger beta adding Facebook chat.  Now you can IM your Facebook friends from inside Messenger.  All you have to do is connect Facebook to Windows Live, fire up the Messenger beta, and chat away.  Facebook Chat in Messenger is starting out in 6 regions (Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, and the US).

Here’s what it looks like:

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Chat joins the Messenger social view updates from May to make Messenger a great way to keep up with what’s going on in Facebook.  Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

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Hey!  That Messenger screenshot looks familiar.  It came from one of my PowerPoints!

My first two months at Microsoft – a communication introspective

I started work at Microsoft on 9/8/2009.  So far, I’m thoroughly enjoying working with great colleagues on a great product, the web half of Windows Live (specifically the social networking part). Things are off to an exciting start — I’ve already survived a cougar invasion, my first release to production, and an onslaught of more than 10,000 e-mails.  Through it all, I’ve been able to keep my wits about me (mostly) and my Inbox hovering around 20 items.

To mark the end of my second month (way back on 11/8), I decided to examine my communication patterns and how they had shifted over my first several weeks at work.  As much as it was to be an exercise in reflection, it would also serve as an exercise in upkeep; after all, I need to keep those Illustrator skills sharp.  It took a bit longer to complete than planned (it’s been a busy month), but it’s finally done.   Without further ado, I present a look at my communication patterns over the first two months of work:

Any thoughts?  To other new grads starting work, how does it compare to your new jobs?

New web activities debut on Windows Live

So today was an exciting day at work.  Bright and early this morning we released 19 new web activity partners (the first release I’ve been around for!).

For the uninitiated, Windows Live helps you keep all your friends up-to-date with what you’re doing across the interwebs.  You just add web activities to your profile to import what you’re doing on sites like Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, and Twitter into Windows Live for your Messenger friends to see.  That way they can keep up with your online escapades in one easy place.

Today’s release brings the total number of partners up to 74.  Here are the new partners and their home countries (but you can add them to Windows Live wherever you are in the world):

4Travel Japan Azbuz Turkey Baby Kingdom Hong Kong
Biip.no Norway Break.com US BuscaPe Brazil
CNET US L’internaute Copains France Doctissimo Community France
IRC-Galleria Finland Libimseti.cz Czech Republic lokalisten.de Germany
Multiply US MyVIP Hungary Neogen Romania
PIXNET Taiwan Qype Germany Wat.tv France
  YouTube US  

A screenshot of some YouTube activity in the What’s New feed:

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Your friends on Windows Live can see what you’ve been up to on YouTube (or on 73 other partner sites) with web activities.  Cool, huh? PS – That’s one of my coworker’s legs in the test video :-)

So that’s a bit of what I work on.  Glad to be able to talk about it now. :-)