Microsoft Releases Live Messenger Mobile App for iPhone, iPad

Microsoft said Monday it is now shipping a Windows Live Messenger application that's free via the iTunes App Store and works on Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

The announcement is part of Microsoft's plans to bolster its mobile strategy and to convince both consumers and enterprise IT staffers that the company is not so far behind competitors like Apple and Google(NASDAQ: GOOG) that it can't catch up in the mobile marketplace.

For instance, the software giant delivered a