Facebook chat in Hotmail now available worldwide

By Tom Warren, on 21st Feb 11 7:20 pm with 8 Comments

Microsoft announced on Monday that Facebook chat is now available to Hotmail customers worldwide.

The software giant originally announced the functionality back in September but only six regions were able to make use of it. Microsoft now says everywhere Facebook is available worldwide will be able to take advantage of the functionality. Hotmail program manager Dick Craddock admitted that Microsoft may have lost out to Google for being first to bring chat to the inbox but “we have now gone a step further and brought both our own chat and Facebook chat into your inbox.”

Microsoft says the number of Facebook Windows Live users has increased by nearly 2.5 million since announcing the availability of Facebook chat in Messenger worldwide two weeks ago. Over 20 million users now use Facebook chat with Windows Live. “With three out of four Hotmail customers using Facebook, we expect that many more people will want to take advantage of this feature, now that it’s available from your Hotmail inbox,” says Craddock.

Microsoft announced earlier this month that the company is expanding where Messenger Facebook chat is available. 75 million customers can now access Facebook chat inside Messenger worldwide. It’s not all about Facebook however. Microsoft says it’s working to build partnerships with Messenger to help users connect to a broad array of social networks. The number of connections Messenger customers are making to LinkedIn has more than doubled since November. Meanwhile, MySpace and YouTube connections have grown nearly 50% to remain part of the top services among more than 75 Windows Live services.

Facebook chat in Hotmail

  • http://twitter.com/alisalem Ali Salem

    How does it work via Messenger?

    • LeakAddict

      You just click on the messenger link at the top of the page, then click on a name if someone’s online. You know this is via the web right? Not Windows Live Messenger (although WLM supports it too)

    • http://twitter.com/alisalem Ali Salem

      According to this: http://www.winrumors.com/windows-live-messenger-facebook-chat-userbase-hits-18-million/

      it is available via WLM. It would be great if I get it to work. For some reason I can’t.

    • Grannyville7989

      Check you have the latest version of Windows Live Essentials. Just download the installer from http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials?os=other and it will update as necessary. Note that you have to be on Windows Vista or 7 to get the latest version, after you’ve updated, it should go through the process of getting your Facebook account linked to it.

      If you have the latest version already, down in the bottom right hand corner of the contacts window there will be an Add drop down menu. That should let you link your Facebook account from there.After you’ve linked, it may take awhile before everything has been downloaded.

    • http://twitter.com/alisalem Ali Salem

      I sorted it out, I had to restart messenger for changes to take place. :)

  • Anonymous

    facebook in the new bing bar works really well. it would be ncie if chat was integrated in their as well.

  • Anonymous

    am yahoo mail beta and maybe gmail had this months ago

  • Anonymous

    I’m in the US and it never worked for me. Messenger only shows WLM contacts.