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Integration VB.NET application with MSN/Windows Live Messenger

Hi,

I'd like to develop an application in VB.NET that contains a treeview control. The treeview is populated using an XML file that contains "contacts". So each node in the treeview represents a "contact" identified by his/her email address.

I would like my application to check if the user running the application has MSN Messenger/Windows Live Messenger active on his/her machine.

If yes, I'd like the application to check if any of the "contacts" mentioned above exists in the "contacts list" of the MSN Messanger/Windows Live Messenger'.
For each existing contact, grab the related online/offline status. Based on the status display a different icon in the application's "Contacts" treeview node.

If a MSN Messenger buddy goes off-line I'd like the application to update the icon of the related "Contact" treeview node.

Finally, if possible, when I right-click on a treeview node in my application and the related contact is "online" in MSN Messenger I'd like to enable a user to launch MSN Messenger and to chat with that online contact or do some of the other function offered by MSN Messenger.

Is this possible? If yes, pls send me all the info.

Thank you.
Macarone







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newyuppieCommented:
it has something to do with getting the messenger APIs to integrate. im guessing it comes with a help file:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3656f4de-1db2-4f6c-b278-abb1c5ca5934&DisplayLang=en
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macaroneAuthor Commented:
newyuppie,

I already checked that link before, but it's about adding new "activities" to an existing MSN Messenger installation.

But I don't want to modify MSN Messeneger, rather I'd like my application to interact with it (grab contacts list, check their status, launch a MSN Messenger chat window from my application...).

Macarone

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newyuppieCommented:
oh i see... sorry but im not familiar with this. in any case, check out this link i googled up:
http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=6383

and i also figured out there was a Messenger 6.0 SDK (not the Activities SDK) but can't find it it must have been removed or something.

good luck!
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