Jamie Thomson

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Windows Live: Messenger on your mobile

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[This blog entry was originally published here]

If you are one of the more than 240 million users of Live/MSN Messenger and you have a web browser on your phone then as of today you can stay signed-in to Live messenger even when you’re out and about. If you follow http://mobile.live.com from your phone you *should* see the link to login. This guy has got screenshots.


Unfortunately there seems to be a little foible with it. When I went there I saw the same screen that I would have seen had I gone there yesterday. I don’t know why, maybe its cached on my phone or something. Anyway, the trick to getting this working is as follows:

  1. Go to http://mobile.live.com/GoLive/ from your desktop computer
  2. Click "Messenger beta"
  3. Click the "Send To Mobile" link

You’ll receive a text message with a link that you can open to start using the service.


Obviously this service suffers a few problems because of its inherent delivery mechanism. There is no way of being notified that someone has sent you a message (unless you refresh the page) so really the only way this becomes useful is if you start the conversation yourself. Indeed, as I was writing this blog entry I got a call from James who said to me "Why haven’t you replied to my IM message?" The reason was that I didn’t know he’d sent it because I was signed in on my mobile!

Aside from that fairly gargantuan barrier to adoption it suffers a few other problems. Its inherently obviously pretty slow. And until unlimited data tariffs are introduced its going to be costly if you use it a lot. Parents watch out!


I fully expect Microsoft to come out with a mobile client app for Live Messenger (hopefully cross-platform) in the not too distant future but until then, this is the best option.


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Written by Jamiet

August 14, 2007 at 2:11 am

Posted in Live Messenger

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  1. There’s a good Microsoft site for Messenger Mobile
    It has all the information about Windows Live Messenger mobile


    April 19, 2008 at 10:35 am

  2. i have gone through the mobile.live.com signed in successfully but when i clicked on messenger it says "There is some problem.Please try again later"what should i do i m trying to figure out this but not working from a week please help


    June 24, 2009 at 11:10 am

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