Microsoft Messenger Connect, the set of development tools that allow you to bring Windows Live Messenger functionality into your website, is our of beta and available worldwide: "We've gotten a great response so far: leading sharing syndicators ShareThis, AddThis, Gigya, and AddToThis have made Live sharing badge available on more than 1 million websites."
The new revamp dev.live.com redirects, the site links to some sample sites (identity, sharing badge, chat control), a clearer explanation of permissions on the Messenger Connect Scopes page, and access to new tools:
- Once you decide to add Messenger Connect to your site, we wanted to make that easier to do, so we created some new tools. For sharing badge, we now list all "aggregators" that include Messenger sharing badge.
- Also built a small prototype tool to demo how you can generate a code to add the badge to your site. This prototype does some interesting things like only showing sharing badge for specific browser locales etc.
- If you're using functionality like identity, social distribution, and in page IM/chat, you must have a Client ID -- you can now get a Client ID via developer portal, sign in with your Live ID, and create a Client ID.
- There's also a new ActivityStrea.ms template selection tool, better Analytics, and much more.