More on the Microsoft Echoes initiative

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Microsoft is making some noise within the global directory area with more announcements of its Echoes initiative.  According to Mary Joe Foley, the platform will provide the following:

  • Syncs address book contacts over the air
  • Ensure that IM messages work seamlessly with SMS
  • Windows Live Messenger contacts get local numbers
  • Voice calls from Messenger on PC to mobiles
  • Offer some sort of presence

The platform will be similar to Skype and Google’s GrandCentral services.  The end goal, however, needs to be the ability to ‘find and connect’ one another without providing actual phone numbers – essentially allow people to connect via contextual listings (like email addresses, unique listings) and eliminate the need for phone numbers

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  1. Sal

    July 8, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

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    Service sounds similar to GrandCentral by Google. What are the differences other than the link to Microsoft solutions?

  2. maigade

    September 7, 2008 @ 12:30 pm

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    me:Windows Live Messenger contacts get local numbers

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    December 27, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

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