Microsoft’s Windows Live team has just announced changes to their Windows Live development platform that not only brings better integration to their own Windows Phone product, but to Android and iOS devices as well. According to the official Windows Live blog:
…we’ve made it easy for developers on modern mobile platforms such as Windows Phone, Android, and iOS to easily integrate the ability for users to access their information such as contacts and photos from Hotmail, Messenger, and SkyDrive in their favorite mobile apps and devices.
We’ve streamlined the process for doing this in the following ways:
- 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
The entire blog post details the three ways in which this whole process becomes simpler and even promises more by the way of sample code to assist developers to tie-in better to the massive Windows live user base.
As we move further to the cloud-based world that Microsoft, Apple and many other tech giants are leaning toward, it’s reassuring to know that Windows Phone will be moving right along with them, although, based on Windows Phone’s already stellar cloud integration, this doesn’t really come as a surprise.