Microsoft has signed five separate agreements with five social-networking leaders via which each will allow its users to share contact data with Microsoft in a more secure way.
In a blog post on March 25 to the Microsoft Windows Live Developer site, John Richards, Director of the Windows Live Platform explained the new agreements. Microsoft has signed contact-sharing agreements with Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, Tagged and LinkedIn. Contact sharing between Windows Live and Facebook and Windows Live and Bebo kicks in today; the other three will take effect in the coming months.
From the blog post:
Starting today, we will be working with Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, Tagged and LinkedIn to exchange functionally-similar Contacts APIs, allowing us to create a safe, secure two-way street for users to move their relationships between our respective services. Along with these collaborations, Microsoft is introducing a new website at www.invite2messenger.net that people can visit to invite their friends from our partner social networks to join their Windows Live Messenger contact list.
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