Windows Live Messenger heads to the Xbox

Microsoft will bring its Windows Live Messenger software to the Xbox 360 next month, the company has announced. Live Messenger will be rolled out as part of the Xbox 360 Spring Update, which is coming out on May 7. With the software, Microsoft says Xbox 360 users will be able to chat with as many as six people on their contact list at one timeā€”even while playing games, listening to music, or watching movies.

The software giant adds that existing relationships on Windows Live Messenger and Xbox Live will be unified. However, Xbox users will be able to see if friends on their Windows Live Messenger contact list have gamertags, presumably allowing them to use Xbox Live features (or "expanding the breadth of connected experiences they can share online," as Microsoft states.)

To chat online, users will be able to either use a virtual on-screen keyboard or connect a USB keyboard to the console. This summer, Microsoft also plans to release a QWERTY keyboard that will clip on/plug into Xbox 360 controllers.

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