In a new Windows 8 developer blog post, Microsoft offers app developers some tips on integrating single sign-on and SkyDrive to their apps. By utilizing these services, custom Windows 8 apps will allow users to work and play seamlessly across several devices.
“By signing in to your PC or device with a Microsoft account and taking advantage of free personal storage in SkyDrive, your apps, settings and personal files are always with you. As an app developer, you can take advantage of these cloud capabilities by integrating with the Live SDK in their Metro style apps,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.
Microsoft is offering the Live SDK for Windows 8 with a set of controls and APIs that allow app developers to utilize single sign-on with Microsoft Account, as well as integrate with SkyDrive, Hotmail, and Messenger. There is also a similar SDK for Windows Phone, that offers the same set of capabilities.
Microsoft understands that it can be a pain to sign-on to use certain services. Why cant we just have a one-click sign-on experience? “Microsoft’s apps such as People, Mail and Messaging and Microsoft websites such as Hotmail take advantage of Microsoft accounts so the users don’t need to sign into them after they are signed into the PC. This leads to zero click sign-in experience,” Microsoft added.
You can learn more about the Live SDK here, including sample code for developers.