About two years ago, Microsoft released a web control that allows web site designers to place a Windows Live chat box on a web page. Instead of being a chat application for you to sign into, this chat box allows your web site visitors to chat with you from your web site. Although not identical, you could think of this chat box as a “live help” button that utilizes your existing Windows Live Messenger account.
For those that desire privacy, the chat box does not provide your actual Windows Live Messenger account name, therefore the only way for users to ever chat with you is through the chat box.
Let’s get started with using the Messenger chat box!
- Assuming you have a Windows Live account, go to http://settings.messenger.live.com/applications/websettings.aspx.
- Under Web Settings > Home, check the box “Allow anyone on the web to see my presence and send me messages” option. This is required for the chat box to work properly.
- Under Web Settings > Create HTML, configure how you want the chat box to look, format and styles.
- Copy the HTML code at the bottom of the page and paste into your web page!