Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers get access to Facebook Login

The Facebook single sign-on service will make it easier for people to register and log into those Windows apps, according to Microsoft

Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 developers can now integrate Facebook's login system into their applications so people don't have to create a separate user name and password for them.

Facebook Login, as the service is called, lets people enter their access credentials once for the social networking site and then use the service to log into third-party apps, thus acting as a single sign-on system for users.

The APIs (application programming interfaces) for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 apps are fully baked, while the ones for Windows Phone 8 are in a beta phase that's expected to last no longer than 60 days, Microsoft said on Thursday.

For developers, tapping Facebook Login increases app signups and usage by simplifying registration and logins, wrote Steve Guggenheimer, a Microsoft corporate vice president and chief developer evangelist, in a blog post.

"Every step or interruption between a consumer and the task they want to complete creates friction and engagement drop-off. Some studies show such interruptions can significantly reduce a user's likelihood of signing up for the app," he wrote.

Beyond simplifying the registration and login processes, Facebook Login can also be used by third-party apps to share things like scores and app events on the social networking site, play games with friends and share photos, according to Guggenheimer. Foursquare, Adobe and iHeartRadio will use Facebook Login on their Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps.

Microsoft views the Facebook Login service as complementary to its own Microsoft Account identity service, which gives its users access to its consumer online services.

"We remain 100 percent committed to the Microsoft Account, as we are to Active Directory for companies," Guggenheimer wrote. "Enabling Facebook Login speaks to Microsoft's ongoing commitment to build extensible platforms that work well with other leaders in the industry, and to provide developers with choices for things like identity verification when building apps for Windows and Windows Phone."

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobileMicrosoftoperating systemssoftwareWindowsapplication developmentWindows 8Development toolsMobile OSesWindows Phone

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?