Microsoft releases Facebook app for Windows Mobile devices

Rival, paid-app ThumbLink allows picture uploads to Facebook, but not videos

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday released a Facebook application that it says is the first that lets users upload videos straight from their phone -- in this case, Windows Mobile 6 smartphones.

The free app, dubbed Facebook, can be downloaded from the Windows Mobile Web site, or directly from users' mobile Web browser.

In addition to video and picture uploads, users can send messages or call people on their Friends lists, manage their Facebook profile, confirm Friend requests, update their status and more.

Another app, ThumbLink, from the small Ohio developer Wugland, already enabled Windows Mobile users to upload pictures to Facebook, but not videos. And Thumblink is not free.

A version of Microsoft's Facebook app for the new Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system will be available later this year, according to a Microsoft press release.

Microsoft has a small stake in Facebook and a large-scale Web advertising and search deal with the popular social network.

Microsoft is also preparing a similar free MySpace app this summer, which Korean handset maker LG Electronics Inc. has already agreed to preload on its Windows Mobile phones.

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