- 04-04-2012, 05:41 PM #1
i don't know anyone else who owns a windows phone so I can't test this myself. i was wondering if live messenger for windows phone works like iMessage for iOS - meaning, can I just send someone a text message, and if they have a windows phone it will already know and send the message using live messenger instead of a regular text?
04-04-2012, 06:15 PM #2
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When you open a pre-existing conversation it will automatically try to use what ever service it was using before, so if you were texting, you have to change it to MSN and so on.
If you're starting a new conversation, when you're choosing the contact it will give their mobile, MSN and Facebook as options to choose from. But as I said, they have to be online in order for you to send a message to them. The only way for it to default to MSN for example, would be if you didn't have their phone number.
- 04-05-2012, 03:24 PM #3
- 04-05-2012, 04:53 PM #6
- 04-06-2012, 12:02 AM #11
- 04-06-2012, 05:48 AM #13
- 04-07-2012, 12:21 AM #14
You send a message:
iMessage: Message goes to their Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, MacBook. - iMessage is tied to both AppleID and Phone Numbers. If the person doens't have an iPhone, iMessage knows because it checks the Number against Apple's database when you put it in, and it will send it as a text instead (easy to see this happening, especially on an iTouch).
WLM: Message goes only to where WLM is logged in. If they have it logged into their Desktop, but have no WLM client on their PC, you run the risk of the phone prioritizing the IM service and sending the message to a location where the person won't even recieve it (i.e. their PC is logged in, but they're at the mall). The only thing that may save you is if they're logged into Facebook, since the chances of an Android/iOS user having Facebook/Facebook Messenger installed is very high compared to WLM. The whole "will send to the best place" simply doesn't work with the WP7 client unless it picks FB where it may be decently reliable for the reason above, because the phone cannot predict how people are using their devices. iMessage doesn't need to do this, cause it's on all apple devices, anyways. Any other device, it can reliable send a text message instead (and will).
That's a huge difference in usability/experience.
In that respect, iMessage routing is more reliable, although WP7's Messaging client is a bit more flexible in that it supports WLM/FB and SMS/MMS instead of just iMessage and MMS.
The only thing that iMessage does that is similar to BBM is allow you to chat (like any IM client before BBM) and tell you if the message was delivered or read (which apps like Kik and Cnectd did before iMessage). Other than that it works different. BBM isn't even integrated into the stock SMS client on BB. It's a separate application.
All iMessage does is allow iPhone users to forgo SMS/MMS and use data instead, without having to launch yet another client. And BBM is BB only with no decent Desktop integration akin to what Apple is doing in their desktop OS with iMessage.
Apple doesn't need to copy to steal RIM customers. RIM seems to be pushing them to go :P
P.S. Android is actually eating into BB marketshare a lot more than Apple is.
- 04-07-2012, 12:27 AM #15
If they're offline, it won't mark it as delivered until they turn one of their devices on and the message actually gets delivered.
And the other user is right. You cannot send offline facebook messages, and using the app is a bad compromize because then it will be an offline message conversation and you won't see them in the Message Hub nor will you get reliable (or quick) push notifications for replies.
- 04-07-2012, 08:17 AM #16
The thing about iMessage is, it's only good if you have a lot of (or just enough of) friends with an iDevice, which is probably the case. I don't know about you, but a similar feature on WP7 would be useless for me since my friends aren't using WP7. Still, a feature is a feature after all, good to have even if it may not be very useful, or at least for now (?).
I noticed that WP7 won't receive messages if you're actively chatting on the WLM client, but if you stop chatting for a while and you receive a message, it'll be sent to both places. Which is pretty good so your phone doesn't get bombarded when you're chatting on the desktop, and also for resuming conversations on your phone, even if you left your WLM client on. On the other hand, if you're only chatting on WP7, your WLM client will still show both yours and your contact's messages.
- 04-08-2012, 12:00 PM #17
The Messaging client in the phone doesn't seem to be keeping the connection open when the user is not having Messaging apps up front.
At least everytime I opened the Messaging app the phone will go through signing in process again.
So this means very likely the messages will be sent through SMS when I'm not actively using the Messaging application because my status went offline.
- 04-08-2012, 05:28 PM #18
Honestly, iMessage is the only thing that i miss from my iPhone before i switched to WP7, it was really nice to interact with other iDevice users and know when the messages were delivered. Kinda forced a response. Create smething that you can use to text or send messages between a windows pc, tablet and phone that is not WLM and you have a winner.
- 04-08-2012, 06:19 PM #19
Personally, I would never want to use a messaging service that "required" users to own a specific brand of device. Guess that's why I have never owned a BB or iDevice. Damn all this proprietary BS.
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- 04-08-2012, 09:44 PM #20
In any case I've received messages when the Messaging app was closed. As long as your status isn't set to Offline, your Messenger should always be on unless you lose connection or have battery saver on.
- 04-09-2012, 02:16 AM #21
For me even my MMORPG game has WLM built into it, so it's one that constantly plagues me, but I get around it by simply not using the WP7 device for WLM, and using the iTouch instead (I just don't sign in on my Windows Phone, since it messes up how conversations end up on the other devices/clients that work properly).
Additionally, The reason why iMessage is superior is because it does the same thing an IM service does, except you don't have to log into it at all - you just have to turn the phone on. WLM requires you to be logged in, even on your device, and IM clients can drop connections at times causing you to have to toggle the online status or sign in again. Clients like BBM and iMessage don't have this issue because of the way the messages are pushed directly to the device.
iDevices and Macs are so prolific these days that you can reliably downgrade your SMS/MMS plan just because of it in many cases.
- 04-09-2012, 10:46 AM #22
About the second point, even if I lose connection Messenger signs in automatically when connection is back up. Not sure why you would need to sign in again. Not sure how it handles offline messaging though. I've tried sending to offline contacts, which works, but haven't had them sending me offline messages.
Edit// Offline messaging works both ways.
That said, I'm using it as a substitute for WLM, not for Whatsapp or other messaging platforms. That is, I'll mostly be chatting with someone only if they're online. My friends aren't using WLM as much nowadays, and those that do are almost always on anyway. Having offline support for the integrated FB chat would be great though, since just about everyone uses it.
Last edited by phazer89; 04-09-2012 at 10:54 AM.
- 04-09-2012, 11:21 AM #24