Microsoft & Yahoo! Merge IM Networks

By Dave

Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger beta now allows you to add Yahoo! contacts to your Messenger list. They will show up and be just like the rest of your Messenger buddies.

Together they will have around 350 million accounts being able to connect and interact with each other. One thing of note, if you already have both programs on your computer, you can’t import your contacts as of yet, but Microsoft does mention that this is only the first version, and the start of the merging of networks.

For those of you wondering how this all came about, I have heard that it was announced upwards of nine months ago that they were hoping to do this, and now the first step is here. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few months as they continue to add cross-network features.

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