Microsoft releases new open source SDK for integrating Facebook into Windows apps

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Microsoft has always seen the value of Facebook. Even from the inception of the social media giant in 2007, Microsoft invested $240 million in the company. Lately, there have been some bumps in their relationship with Facebook changing their Facebook Connect Graph API, resulting in Facebook contacts not integrating with Microsoft’s People app. However, in early June, they announced a partnership on Oculus Rift. With Windows 10 supporting this popular headset, Microsoft now has a firm foothold in VR; which bodes well for the future of the company’s latest OS.

Today, Microsoft has announced the latest way for Windows app developers to integrate Facebook functionality into their apps. This new open source SDK works with all universal apps on Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The new SDK will enable developers to utilize Facebook features such as Likes, Facebook Authorization, Graph and Facebook Feeds.

The release of the SDK is a fairly big deal because it allows developers to tap easily into the Facebook community. If an app accepts Facebook Authorization, for example, that app becomes more attractive for a user to download and use it. When developers see a large accessible user base, they make more apps. This should translates into more apps in the Windows Stores.