Microsoft Corp.'s next update to Windows Live Messenger will bring people more ways to keep an eye on their social network accounts.
After various fizzled attempts to build Windows Live into a social network in its own right, Microsoft has moved farther and farther away from competing directly with Facebook, Twitter, News Corp.'s MySpace and other popular sites.
Instead, the company has sought ways to meld its own widely used Web e-mail and instant messaging programs and its online news site with feeds from Facebook, Twitter and others.
Live Messenger already displays friends' Twitter messages, Flickr photo uploads, Yelp reviews and other tidbits from around the Web. The update, coming by the end of the year, will let Live Messenger now send updates as well.