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Support of Real Time Communication and Messaging Comes With Mango

The Windows Phone Developer Newsletter was just distributed by Microsoft and in it they state that a feature of Mango is “support of real time communication and messaging”. So what are they talking about here? It sounds like somewhere between Live Messenger and possibly even Lync. Why is this big big news? Well Live Messenger is the #1 messenger in the world. Aside from including communication between people signed on to Live (which you can do on a PC, through the web and through various apps but the WP7 version is weak) it also includes support for Facebook chat. Yup, always connected chat between all of your contacts is coming to your phone. That’s fancy. That’s a BBM killer in fact since it’s already used by a larger based, spreads across platforms and if they implement this to its fullest it will also be their real time chat method. And I’m referring to voice here, not just text base as Messenger can make video calls, send audio clips, send pictures. It does lots of things and that’s why the current Windows Phone app is such a failure.

Now let’s see how far they take it…