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Windows Live Messenger Connect Available

Windows Live Messenger Connect beta is now available and allows users to communicate, share, and connect with their Messenger friends on other websites. Messenger Connect enables three core scenarios for websites and app developers:

  • Identity makes it easy for users to sign in and sign up to your web site using Live ID
  • Social distribution lets users share things they do on your website with their friends. Activities appear in Messenger, Hotmail, and across Live properties, and other places Messenger social is displayed (including Windows Phone 7 and Live Messenger iPhone app)
  • Realtime shared experiences lets users share an experience in real time with their friends from within your site.

Messenger Connect can be used on web sites and other apps using: “Badges – simple HTML tags that can be added to a page; JavaScript APIs (including user interface controls) which execute within most popular browsers and talk directly to Live services; .NET APIs which can be used in server-side ASP.NET code or in rich client apps; RESTful services end points which can be called in a server-to-server manner.”

Messenger Connect deliver a suite of standards-based, self-service APIs as a package (Messenger Web Toolkit, Live ID Web Authentication, Delegated Authentication, and the Windows Live Contacts API).


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