Microsoft has today announced that Facebook chat is now available worldwide via Hotmail. Earlier Facebook chat in Windows Live Hotmail was limited to US, UK, France, Brazil, Germany, and Russia. Microsoft has also announced a couple of days back that Facebook chat was available Globally via Windows Live Messenger.
The blog post also stated that since Facebook chat was made available globally via Messenger, nearly 2.5 more people have connected their Facebook accounts to Windows Live, bringing the total to around 20 Million.
To activate Facebook chat either in Hotmail or Windows Live Messenger you have to follow the following steps-
First you have to connect your Facebook account to Windows Live and make sure the “Chat with my Facebook friends in Messenger” box is checked to give your consent to Facebook. Your Facebook and Windows Live accounts would be linked within few minutes and you can start a chat from Hotmail just by clicking on the name of a Facebook contact.
We have got a mail from the Windows Live team stating the Live Mesh beta will not work after March 31,2011. So if you are using Live Mesh Beta, be sure to backup your files stored online because you won’t be able to access them after March 31st.
Here is what the mail reads-
Dear Live Mesh beta participant,
You’re receiving this message because you used the Live Mesh beta from Microsoft. On March 31, 2011, the beta of Live Mesh will end, and the Live Mesh beta will stop working. After March 31, you won’t be able to access any files stored online in your Live Desktop or connect to your PCs remotely using the Live Mesh software. Your files will also stop syncing between your computers and your Live Mesh online storage. Please read below for actions we recommend you take.
With the new release of Windows Live services, we’ve made a series of changes and improvements across the products. We realize they will have an impact on you and we want to make that as easy as possible for you. We thank you for your continued support of Windows Live services.
Why is this happening?
To deliver a better product for all our customers, we combined several services into a new product called Windows Live Mesh. Windows Live Mesh has several performance and reliability improvements compared to the Live Mesh beta, and with Windows Live Mesh, you can also sync your program settings for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. Learn more.
What you need to do before Live Mesh beta shuts down
To prevent loss of any of your files, please sync all files from your Live Desktop so that you have them on your computer when the Live Mesh beta service is shutdown. To do this, follow these steps:
On your Live Desktop, right-click any Live Mesh folders not yet synced with your computer, and then click Sync with this computer. Make sure all the folders on your Live Desktop have desktop shortcuts.
Select where you want each folder to sync, and then click OK. If a folder has a lot of files, this might take a while. Open each folder and make sure all the files are downloaded.
With the release of final version of Windows Live Essentials 2011, Facebook chat on Windows Live messenger is now available in 7 more countries- Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, India, and Turkey.Already 27.8 million users in United States, United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Germany, and Russia have been using Facebook chat since August 2010 when Beta refresh of Windows Live Essentials 2011 was released.
If you do choose to turn on Facebook chat and updates in Messenger, those features are also available to you from other places you connect to Messenger, like from your Hotmail inbox, or from the Messenger iPhone or Zune HD app.
The Windows Live blog states that they would be introducing Facebook chat in other countries as soon as possible.
You can download the Windows Live Essentials 2011 from here