Microsoft provide tools to make Skydrive, Messenger and more work with 3rd party apps, including Android and iPhone

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There exists a perception that Microsoft’s cloud solutions are more proprietary than others such as Dropbox for example, i.e. that it will only work with Microsoft’s own first party software.

This is of course wrong, as software like Sky Wallet proves.  Microsoft is now working on making it easier for 3rd party developers to create software which work with their cloud resources, and this includes cross platform support on the iPhone and Android handsets.

They note that they have 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

Microsoft said they will be providing more code samples in more programming languages to make it easy for developers to jump on board.

In these days of ecosystems battling it out for users and especially developers, having a solution which is non-proprietary and of the scale of Microsoft’s efforts does a lot to help win the war.

Read more at Microsoft here.

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