Allow 3rd party apps to publish to People hub / messaging
It would be beneficial to allow other messenger apps and social apps to come on board and allow their updates to show up in the people hub and messages to show up in the integrated messaging system. This would be great for any 3rd party app that has any social or messaging means to be able to leverage that kind of interconnectivity, example another IM provider (ex: Yahoo), social network provider, even apps for forum postings.
Every chat app should be able to integrate with the messaging app. Same thing with the video chat services like skype (skype,google chat,Tango etc.). An idea is for the user to download the video-chat service (like an app) from the marketplace and automatically the service will be integrated to the people-messaging hub or whatever the developer wants to. That solves ( i think ) the problem for consumers to wait from microsoft to integrate this service or that service!
Make an API so 3rd party social/messaging networks can be providers for the threads feature, like plugins or something. This way we don't need an app for every single social network (say, Google+) and they don't have to be hardcoded in the OS.
People's Hub history should display SMS, FB messages,chat as well as FB emails. Will make People Hub a complete social hub.
Text messages, Windows Live Messenger and Facebook Chat will all be grouped together by mango.
Being able to integrate with that is important for third parties, to keep the integrated experience alive.
Also, if integrating 3rd party IM's is NOT possible, it kind of defeats the purpose of the whole Threads feature.
Thank you for the suggestion and the spirited commentary. We are not adding this capability in the 8.0 release, but know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.
This should have been the entire point of the hubs since day 1.
Mike Baughan commented
This makes so much sense - allows you to use any of your IM applications + SMS with a common UI. The whole purpose of a hub is to integrate common functions into a single point of access. It also makes sense to be able to have your 3rd party IM contacts integrated (either as new contacts or linked with existing contacts).
Similar integration should be available in the music and pictures hubs as well. To a degree, there is integration, but deeper integration would really make WP stand out.
Please make this happen.
This is a much needed feature windows always was (with more or less difficulty) customizable and extensible.
All the hubs should have this feature.
This is probably the same suggestion as http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-app-platform/suggestions/2469313-allow-3rd-party-access-to-hubs-me-people-pictur.
This is very important to he idea of having Hubs. They are not useful, unless they can be plugged into by others. Even MS's Lync app should get absorbed in to the Messaging Hub. Or at least have an option of using them separately or via the hub.
An API story around this will allow users to have a robust user experience across all messaging systems with the ability to use the app, if they want the independent features of that app.
I have my own corp sites that I would like to integrate the feeds for both messaging and community content, plus our internal contacts, into the windows phone.
Since these contacts are separate from our mail system, to prevent spamming, this would be very useful.
I often miss chat messages because they're buried into fb messages, if you can give me the entire conversation this problem would not occurr.
i agree using the new facebook message service (merge chat and offline messages) in message hub
Make it happen guys!
Ivan Vacula commented
I don't really care about the People hub access that much, but being able to integrate an IM into Messaging is essential.
This would be a huge and amazing integration!
That would make a huge difference. whatsapp, kik, all messaging apps should be integrated in the messaging hub.
Peter Fares commented
This is extremely important. Please allow third parties to plug into the messaging app and add messaging services. I need a GTalk client on my phone. GTalk and good turn by turn navigation are the only features I miss from Android.
appie flappie commented
YES! This must be available Microsoft, because otherwise apps like Whatsapp would have to be launched outside the hub and that means less integration!