Noticed first by The Next Web and Redmond Pie, looks like the Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone has just hit the App Store – but it only landed in certain regions (iTunes link), just like Microsoft’s Bing for iPhone app.
Update: commenters say it’s also live in the UK, Canada and France stores.
Considering both Windows Live Messenger and Bing are in essence targeting users all across the globe, it’s a little peculiar to find so many of them will find themselves unable to locate and download the app from the App Store at this point.
Evidently, there are lots of other apps for iPhone and iPod touch people can use to connect with their Live Messenger friends on the go, but still.
Anywhere, here’s how the app is described:
Windows Live Messenger for iPhone and iPod Touch is the best way to connect with the people that matter most and keep up with the things they are doing across the web.
Use your iPhone to instant message your friends list, view and comment on your friends’ photos and status updates from Windows Live, Facebook, and MySpace, and at a glance, see what your Messenger friends are sharing from Flickr, YouTube, and many other social and photo sharing sites.
Make sure to visit http://profile.live.com/Services today and setup Windows Live to bring in your social networks. Messenger is simply the best way to connect with your closest friends.
The app lets users chat their Windows Live Messenger and Y! Messenger and receive IM notifications even when closed. Cross-social network sharing is baked in, and you can upload photos, create albums, add captions, etc. from your device. The app also comes with integration of Hotmail, which means users can read, reply to and compose new e-mails straight from the application.
And yes, the app is fully compatible with iOS 4.