Last weekend Microsoft released Live SDK v5.0 to the public. Developers can take advantage of Live Connect API’s to build great apps that will be personalized to users taking advantage of SSO. Also you can make use of consumer’s huge SkyDrive storage. For example, if you are building a photo editing app, then giving an option to store the edited photo to SkyDrive is a great choice. Or if you are building a personal task management app, then ability to automatically sync with Hotmail tasks would be cool.
The Live SDK contains the Live Connect APIs, which provide programmatic access to Live web services with a set of libraries that enables your apps to work with data in over 500 million user accounts in Windows Live ID, SkyDrive, Hotmail, and Windows Live Messenger. The Live SDK enables access to usersâ€™ identity profile info and allows your apps to:
- Easily personalize your usersâ€™ experience
- Take advantage of single sign-on scenarios using Windows Live ID in Windows Developer Preview
- Upload and download photos and documents in SkyDrive
- Create and update contacts, calendars, and events in Hotmail