One of the new features that mobile application developers can take advantage from when designing their software is the ability for users to access Hotmail, Messenger, and SkyDrive from their handsets as long as these run under Android, iOS, or Windows Phone.
Redmond-based Microsoft has just announced that a new release of their Windows Live developer platform was made available, and that it brings the said enhancements into the mix.
To be more precise, the new release was meant to offer Live users the possibility to easily enjoy access to their accounts while on the go, and also to benefit from integration with applications that they often use on their mobile devices.
According to Microsoft
, developers will benefit from easy-to-use tools that will enable them add the new functionality with their mobile software.
Moreover, users will also enjoy easy access to the new features, as they would need to sign into their Windows Live account only once, and then Messenger and SkyDrive will be available on their devices, along with fast access to email.
Developers interested in the matter should know that Microsoft promises a streamlined process, courtesy of:- Lightweight application setup process which requires no server-side code.
- Mobile optimized sign-in and user consent experiences
- Providing code samples which illustrate the key steps in building a mobile application that access a user’s cloud data.
In a recent post
on the Windows Live blog, Microsoft provides a wide range of details on how things work, and also offers coed samples for developers interested in integrating the new functionality with their applications.
Moreover, the company
promised additional samples in the near future, so as to make it easier for devs to take advantage of the new feature.
“We’ve gotten a lot of feedback that developers would like to see more code samples that show how to access data from Hotmail, Messenger, and SkyDrive from their favorite programming languages and platforms,” Dare Obasanjo, lead program manager, Messenger Connect Platform, explains.
“Rest assured that your feedback has been heard, and we’re working on providing a larger breadth of code samples as we speak.”