Microsoft is currently building Windows Live Messenger support directly into Windows Phone 7.5, WinRumors has learned.
The software giant is currently compiling “Mango” builds of Windows Phone 7.5 that include Windows Live Messenger support. The company is building the support directly into its People Hub on Windows Phone. LivesSide posted some details of the integration on Monday but WinRumors understands the support will be intelligent enough to pick the best means of communication. For example, if a Windows Phone 7.5 user wishes to message a contact inside their people hub, Windows Phone 7.5 will pick Windows Live Messenger over SMS automatically if the user is online. However, Microsoft’s deep integration could cause some concerns with mobile operators wishing to maximize their profits. I expect Microsoft will be forced to provide an option to disable the function for certain mobile operators.
Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger integration is also expected to include support for forward facing cameras. Microsoft has not yet officially confirmed the hardware support for Windows Phone 7.5 but is expected to announce this later in the year. Microsoft also revealed some new features of Windows Phone 7.5 over the weekend. The company is building in native QR, Microsoft Tag support and the ability for Bing to identify songs in a similar way to Shazam. Microsoft is also building in turn-by-turn navigation and SMS dictation for Windows Phone 7.5.
Microsoft is currently hard at work on “Mango”, its next major release of Windows Phone. Microsoft has promised to ship “Mango” later in the year. “Mango” is currently in the early beta stages at Microsoft, built as 7.1 currently. The company revealed a number of new features in February that will ship as part of its Windows Phone point release later this year. Nokia is also reportedly waiting for the next release of Windows Phone before it unveils its first Windows Phone device.
“Mango” currently contains multitasking, Internet Explorer 9 mobile and Twitter integration. Microsoft unveiled a number of key developer enhancements at its MIX11 conference earlier this month. Developers will have access to the Motion Sensor library and the camera, enabling augmented reality experiences. Phone integration has also been greatly improved for developers wanting to do more with their apps. The Live Tiles functionality has been expanded to give developers more flexibility and engage with their customers better.