It was only released a week ago, but already 1 million people have downloaded Microsoft's new Windows Live Messenger software for the iPhone. This has got to make it one of, if not the, fastest moving software in the iPhone app store.
In a statement for Microsoft, Michael Chang, Group Product manager for Windows Live Messenger said...
“While Messenger for iPhone is relatively new, for many connecting with Messenger friends on your mobile phone is not new. In addition to the more than one million iPhone Messenger users, there are over 24 million people who connect with Messenger friends from other mobile phones through a client application, their phone’s browser, or SMS. Along with Messenger Connect, Messenger IM in Hotmail, and the coming integration with Xbox LIVE, the new iPhone app is just one more way that we are bringing Messenger to you across the web and on your phone. We’re very excited about the new Messenger beta available now and thank you for being part of the Windows Live family.”
It was reported yesterday that so far only 1% of Hotmail users have received the update to the web interface they can use to access their email. Other products, such as the beta for the new Windows Live Essentials Suite have gone smoothly.
1 Million downloads doesn't necessarily mean 1 Million happy customers and we'll be keeping an eye on the reaction to the new iPhone software from consumers. So far though it looks like Microsoft is still firmly still in the game when it comes to Internet communications and social networking.
Update: Microsoft has retired Windows Live Messenger for iOS devices. The company has released Skype for the operating system instead.