Microsoft opens Messenger to XMPP, allowing Apple to connect iChat and iOS clients

“Microsoft has opened up public access to its Messenger IM network via XMPP, enabling Apple and others to build open clients capable of interacting with Microsoft users,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“In a new ‘Inside Windows Live’ blog posting, the company has announced “public availability of access to the Messenger network via XMPP,” a step that finally brings Microsoft into the fold using eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol,” Dilger reports.

Dilger reports, “Apple initially partnered with AIM to launch iChat in 2002, but by 2004 had introduced a new iChat 3 version that supported XMPP, allowing users to seamlessly connect with Google Talk. In this summer’s release of Mac OS X Lion, Apple also added support for Yahoo IM, enabling the chat client to connect to three different chat networks (AIM, Yahoo and open Jabber/XMPP servers like Google Talk, Facebook chat and Apple’s own iChat Server)… Microsoft’s move to support the open XMPP may explain why Apple didn’t build in support for Microsoft’s previous, proprietary Messenger network. Apple has separately worked with Microsoft to support its Exchange Server protocols, so it was likely privy to Microsoft’s Messenger plans.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline Maisel” for the heads up.]


  1. Now I’d just like to know when iChat will be opened to FaceTime clients, iMessage texts, and will find people in my Address Book without me having to add them as a buddy.

    How ridiculous is it that I can iChat with MobileMe, AOL, Yahoo, Google, Jabber, and now MSN users but I cannot iMessage or FaceTime my iPhone? Integrate with Skype and I wouldn’t need to have 4 apps on my computer to do the same thing.

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