Microsoft has stated that the company's widely used instant messaging service Messenger will now be available for use under the XMPP protocol.
The company had earlier announced during the latest BUILD conference that it was considering making the service usable over XMPP. The tech giant also went on offering a developer's preview of the same.
Originally named Jabber protocol, XMPP happens to be a popularly used open standard for exchange of messages.
This new decision means that any 3rd party chat clients that supports OAuth2.0, will now be able to make the best out of the XMPP protocol in gaining access to the massive 300 million user base of the Windows Messenger service, as reported by CNET.
Microsoft has confirmed that it is going to follow the footsteps of rival Google and Facebook whose Google Talk and Facebook Chat services are already using the XMPP protocol.
According to the Redmond based tech powerhouse, Messenger will now offer support to the core protocol RFC6120, XMPP Standard extensions aimed at chat service notification, vCards as well as delayed delivery, and RFC6121.
The announcement has been accompanied by code samples which the company hopes will help developers make the best of this new offering.