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We've previously touched on Microsoft's new email service, Outlook.com. The service has replaced Hotmail and offers advanced functionality along with a refreshed user interface to better match Windows 8 and other products. As well as checking through email, users can also chat with Facebook and Skype contacts in the sidebar. Microsoft has now implemented support for Google Talk. 

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Talk.to, the popular cross-platform messenger, is on its way to the Windows Phone Marketplace. According to its download page, the Windows Phone app is "coming soon". Talk.to enables users to send messages using a number of third-party services. Facebook, Google Talk, and more are supported. Should you enjoy using the big screen, native desktop clients for both Windows and Mac are available, as well as use via a web browser.

Talk.to states on the website that it offers free SMS for both sending and receiving. Group messaging and read / delivered notifications are also present. Using Live Tiles, the simplistic typography look and feel, and toast notifications, we're pretty excited to see what the team can do on the Windows Phone platform. More apps is never a bad thing either.

Currently available for both the iPhone and Android smartphones, it'll be great to see such a solution on Windows Phone.

Source: Talk.to; thanks, windowsphoneapps, for the heads up!

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For those who use Flory IM client, you should have received the v2.1 update in the last 48hrs. The update fixes a lot of little bugs and has made it more stable (Venue Pro users are reporting better results).

  • Leave keyboard open after sending (new)
  • Renaming bug
  • Lockscreen settings are not saved
  • Gtalk contact authorization status not shown
  • German translation writing mistakes

So that's the good news...

The bad news is, believe it or not, this is the very last version of Flory. Why? Sort of simple. The original idea for Flory started off to fill a gap on Windows Phone 7: no good IM client. In fact, it was supposed to be only limited to a small dev community (Pocketpc.ch), not public. So the fact it went from that, to being in German to going world-wide (or close to it), all without charging a dollar or having ads...well, that's a big undertaking, especially to maintain those servers.

But now with IM+ getting geared for release, Kik messenger and Skype this fall, the floodgates are open. Basically the dev feels his job is done and soon enough we'll have "professional" devs taking over the IM world on Windows Phone.

We shed a tear for a great app that filled the gap (hey, that rhymed).

Source: PocketPC.chThanks, Chris F. (ryu2k8) for the heads up

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Flory IM, which support Google Talk and Facebook IM, has been bumped from v1.6 to 2.0. In turn, it has received a nice UI overhaul, bringing some pizazz to the popular instant messaging client. The changelog is as follows:

  • Complete redesign of the contact list
  • On/Off buttons for each supported protocol
  • New Googletalk implementation
  • New Facebook authentication (should fix most connections issues and allows connections outside Germany)
  • Push-Notifications for Facebook IM
  • Avatars for Facebook IM and Googletalk
  • Status messages in chat view
  • Improved landscape view for chats
  • New language support: Spanish

Overall, it does look a lot nicer and since it hops to your IM list directly, makes it more logical in the layout. We still noticed a couple UI glitches, but we imagine those will get ironed out eventually. Tip: Before updating, we encourage you to sign out of Flory, uninstall the application and reset your device. Then go to the Marketplace to re-download/re-install. Otherwise, you may have some stability issues (we did).

Grab Flory IM in the market here; Thanks, Alan, for the eagle eyes

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We told you v1.6 was coming and sure enough, the new Flory is now live in the Marketplace.

The biggest change is of course the availability in English (and Italian) which should make the program more accessible for many out there (we love how it still says "googles" though). The other addition is it now has built in Facebook IM, which acts through the Flory servers bringing direct, pushed chat right to your phone. Combined with the already featured Google Talk and this is one powerfully IM app.

The program is still free and after Flory upgraded their servers today, everything seem to be in working order. Grab it here, nao. Thanks, Alan, for the heads up.

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We first broke the news about Flory IM last week and it's been just smashing for us since. The developer contacted us to let us know it has been submitted to the Marketplace and sure enough, here it is. The IM app offers free Google Talk IMs plus using the jabber protocol, you can do Facebook IM, ICQ, etc.

The good news, it's still free. The bad news, it's still in German :-P No big deal though, you're all smart enough to get through the simple username/password menus to figure it out and if not, we can help in our forums.

Scan the Tag barcode above (via WP7Applist) or grab it here in the Marketplace here.

Update: Looks like Flory is going multilanguage...very soon in fact. From their Facebook page:

Important: when you update from 1.5 to 1.6, first close your gtalk connection! The servers for the worldwide release are nearly ready. We hope that all language versions get certified, so we can publish on sunday. Because we need to change dns and ip settings, there will be a serverdowntime for about 1 -2 hours. Sorry for that!

Update 2: Direct Facebook IM support is also coming in v1.6, no more jabber trickery

Thanks, Alan, for the Facebook info!

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First the good news: Flory is a free instant messaging app that supports Google Talk, has push notifications and a live tile. On top of all of that, it completely works, allowing you to be signed in and receive messages "in the background". Huzzah!

Now the bad news: It's in German and therefore only in the German Marketplace for Windows Phone. [Update: Flory is coming to the US Market very soon. See here for more info]

Yes folks, those crafty Germans have had this app for awhile unknown to us while we patiently wait for IM+. We've been running it for the last day and it's behaved like a champ. Sure, the menus are in German but you can still finagle your way through the logins.  The app works through a service called Flory, which then enables you to login to Google Talk. Incoming IMs are pushed to the device via Toast Notifications (the ones at the top) and/or the Live tile. The delay is no more than that of an SMS message, that is, it's fast and has been very reliable for us.

So how do you get this on your phone? We'll go over three options after the break...in the meantime, check out the video hands on.

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Yep, you read that right. In fact, Google assures us as such, saying "Yes, really." Actually, all of the Google Apps suite — comprising Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk — is having the beta label removed.

Mainly it looks like this is being done to eliminate confusion over what "beta" really means, and to make Google Apps more attractive to businesses. From the Official Google Blog:

We've come to appreciate that the beta tag just doesn't fit for large enterprises that aren't keen to run their business on software that sounds like it's still in the trial phase. So we've focused our efforts on reaching our high bar for taking products out of beta, and all the applications in the Apps suite have now met that mark.

For our purposes, what we really, really want to see is better implementation of Gmail on Windows Mobile — push, IMAP idle and the like. (Oh, and maybe do something about those contacts.) Yeah, we've been saying that for a long time. But either Google or Microsoft needs to get it done. After all, now that Gmail's "out of beta," there are no more excuses.

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