My old team, Windows Live ID, just released the much anticipated SDK for connected rich-clients in an alpha release. Strange that this big news hasn’t been mentioned on their team blog or on Dev.live.com yet.
“We are excited to introduce the alpha version of Windows Live ID for client applications!
The Windows Live ID Client 1.0 SDK provides a managed API for Windows Live sign-in authentication. Included in the release is a sample application with its source code, so that you can build your own client applications.
The benefits of implementing the Windows Live ID authentication service include:
- No need to worry about the technical details of authentication! The Windows Live ID authentication service manages this process for you.
- Don’t bother worrying about how to store and retrieve user account information! The Windows Live ID service uses the same functionality as Messenger to cache the user name and/or password for use in subsequent user sign ins.
- Forget about creating, storing, and maintaining user accounts! The Windows Live ID service hosts and manages the Web flows and account services to enable account sign up, credential viewing and updating, and profile management.
- Gain hundreds of millions of potential users of your application! By enabling Windows Live accounts direct sign in to your application, anyone with a Windows Live ID can become a user of your product.”
You can download the SDK here: https://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?SiteID=347. Send me links to any cool applications you create with it!