Microsoft API to Let Users Move Contacts Between Social Networks

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-03-24 Print this article Print

Windows Live users will be able to move their contacts between Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, Tagged and LinkedIn.

Microsoft's Windows Live team is working with Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, Tagged and LinkedIn to allow users to move their contacts between the various services.

The software giant is also introducing a new Web site that people can use to invite their friends from these partner social networks to join their Windows Live Messenger contact list, John Richards, the director of Microsoft's Windows Live platform, said in a blog post to be made public March 25.

Beginning March 25, users can visit Facebook and Bebo to find their friends using the Windows Live Contacts API, while Hi5, Tagged and LinkedIn will go live in the next few months. "We have exchanged reciprocal APIs and expect them to be live within the next 60 to 90 days depending on their development and release cycles" Richards told eWeek.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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