Universal Messaging Hub with 3rd Party Support
The messaging hub should be expanded to allow as many messenging services to work together as possible; seamlessly. 3rd parties should have APIs as well.
Ajay Tawrani commented
Very much needed ....
Ajay Tawrani commented
Very much required ....
I would give this suggestion 1000 points if I could!
Omar Clarke commented
I agree. I just upgraded from a blackberry curve 8530, and its messaging hub is more powerful than my Lumia 620. It's actually more work to message on my windows phone because I have to go into and out of specific messaging applications. Why did I take a few steps backwards with this upgrade?
Supporting the idea, and Yahoo Messenger, please.
Abraham Heidebrecht commented
I've always thought this is how it should work. It would be awesome if the app could also specify its preferred bubble color, so it would be easy to tell which service you were chatting on.
Great idea! Please let me see my Skype contacts + messages in the messaging hub. I really dont understend why i can chat with Facebook friends but for Skype friends i habe to open a Special app.
Seeing as how Facebook messaging was built in, this is something I was surprised to see wasn't provided. An API to allow sending and receiving of messages with automatic alerts handled by the OS seems like something that would be easy, yet would add an incredible value.
Having APIs on the phone is the wrong way to go. The phone should connect to Windows Live and Windows Live should connect to all the various services. That way the phone is more efficient, and services can be added server-side with no need for phone updates, and any connectivity issues would also be handled server-side.
Also allow pictures including animated gifs, and silverlight, with sounds, as packs that can be added in so when people want funny cartoon junk like in Line then this is all available.
One messaging hub, one messaging interface, one connection, all the world's messaging services connected at the other end.
Also Windows Live must be updated to be able to register by phone number, in the same way whatscrapp does.
This will put an end to this rubbish of having so poorly fragmented messaging services across apps.
I'd also like to have all messages in one place. SMS, mail, Facebook...
Should be the phone talks to Windows Live which talks to all services, no app, Windows8 ready, advertising/paid optional per service (revenue share)
Yes, I agree :)
That must be in ONE Hub and evry contact has an favourite way to sent messages.
Floris Robbemont commented
This would seriously be the most awesome thing on the phone! Imagine services like Skype, AIM, WhatsApp or KIK integrated into the messaging hub. No other phone platform would even come close to such unified communication!!
The way threads work in the messaging hub, between texts, Facebook, and messenger is frankly amazing. Seriously, awesome job!
But what can make it even better is to make that hub universally open to any (or at least most) messaging services, such as Skype, AIM, Yahoo messenger etc., and even less considered services such as, Xbox messenger, Blizzards battle.net, Valve's Steam, etc.
A lot of those would require a new API for 3rd parties to be able to tie into the hub, but even if the overall task is difficult it would have huge rewards.
Instead of launching into services to find if people are available or not we instead directly connect with people and talk to them in whatever way they are available.
For the Windows Phone user the conversation stays connected and seamless even if who they are talking to has moved from service to service. They might have started with a text, then moved to check their Facebook, then set up for a bit to chat on Skype, then settled to their Xbox or straight into StarCraft 2 to train to be the next After Hours Gaming League champ, but all the while you never had to change a thing.
While Blackberry users swear by BBM and iOS is trying to wall people off (again) into their own messenger, why not beat them all by allowing any and every messenger to tie into one seamless location, no matter where either person is?
Instead of talking to a service, let’s start talking to people.