Xbox 360 gets full access to Windows Live Messenger

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Microsoft has announced that Xbox 360 owners will be able to connect to the Windows Live Messenger network as of 7th May, offering communication with PC and mobile users – and other Xbox 360 owners after the Xbox 360 Spring Update.

“Bringing the largest IM community in the world, Windows Live Messenger, to Xbox 360 makes sense, as Xbox LIVE has really become the largest social network on television,” said Jerry Johnson, product unit manager of Xbox LIVE at Microsoft. “For our growing community of 6 million on Xbox LIVE, using Xbox 360 is a very social, connected experience. They are using Xbox 360 to play games, music and movies while simultaneously communicating with one another through video, voice and text chat. With this announcement we are simultaneously expanding the access of Xbox LIVE users to existing friends and family while introducing Windows Live Messenger users to the benefits of Xbox 360.”

As of 7th May, users of Windows Live Messenger on Xbox 360 can text chat using a virtual keyboard accessory on Xbox 360, or by connecting a USB keyboard to the console. This summer Microsoft will launch a QWERTY text-input device, a new accessory that will connect directly into the Xbox 360 controller to support text and instant messaging.

Full details of the Spring Update from Xbox.com

Dave Walker