We just shipped a new application: Windows Live Messenger for mobile browsers. It’s the first application that was fully developed by our team in Shenzhen. The team was formed from our TSSX acquisition last year, although they didn’t start working on Windows Live Messenger until some time after the acquisition. Personally, my favorite part of the project has been working with a group of extremely passionate people who were willing to do anything it takes to ship the product on time without sacrificing quality. As a result, it’s probably one of the products that we developed in the shortest period of time to date.
The app is targeted at all users who don’t have Windows Live Messenger rich clients running on their devices, but have access to a web browser on their phone. We experimented with the user experience a bit, since our previous version of MSN Messenger for mobile browsers was sometime hard to use (especially when you wanted to carry multiple conversation). That’s how we came up with the idea of message inbox: you can view and send messages to multiple friends from one page, rather than have to jump between multiple pages and deal with the pretty slow page load times.
The app will soon be added to our mobile portal for all devices (http://mobile.live.com). If you’re lucky you’ll see the link already. If you don’t see it, you can access the app directly by going to http://mobile.live.com/wlm/imsi.aspx from your mobile browser.
If you have any comments or feedback about the app please email me at msmuga at sign microsoft dot com and I’ll pass the feedback to our Shenzhen team.
Here are a couple of screenshots: