Facebook opens Chat to XMPP/Jabber protocol

Facebook Chat is now open to third-party clients using the XMPP/Jabber protocol. While this’s good for users of Pidgin, which can access both Windows Live Messenger and XMPP Clients, however Live Messenger doesn’t use XMPP protocol and cann’t currently connect directly to Facebook Chat. Here’s Microsoft response: “Windows Live participates in an industry defined by […]

Facebook Chat is now open to third-party clients using the XMPP/Jabber protocol. While this’s good for users of Pidgin, which can access both Windows Live Messenger and XMPP Clients, however Live Messenger doesn’t use XMPP protocol and cann’t currently connect directly to Facebook Chat. Here’s Microsoft response: “Windows Live participates in an industry defined by change. Consumer choice is continually expanding with new services launching almost daily. To this end, with Windows Live and Messenger, we are making it easier for consumers to integrate contacts, communications and sharing across the multitude of internet services they want to use. We’ll interoperate where it makes sense, as we’ve done with Yahoo! and customers of Office Communications Server. We’ll continue to invest in contact portability and identity standards, as we’ve done with our contacts APIs. And we’ll integrate feeds, as we’ve done with over 75 top web services in the last year. This’ll continue to be a major focus going forward.”

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