App developers can now tap into Facebook and allow their apps to access Facebook identities so the app user can play games with friends, share playlists or comment in a forum. Microsoft has revealed today that the company will be providing support for developers who wish to have Facebook Login support for their Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8 apps.
“Today, as part of our ongoing partnership with Facebook to support rich development scenarios, we are very pleased to announce Facebook Login APIs on Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post. Facebook Login for Windows 8.1 (and Windows 8) is ready to use in production apps, while Facebook Login for Windows Phone 8 is launching today in Beta.
According to the devices and services giant, Facebook Login support in apps allows for:
- Login to an app with a single click or tap, re-using the Facebook credentials stored on the device.
- Share high scores and other app events to Facebook.
- Engage in social interactions like playing games against friends or finding new opponents.
- Easily access and share photos within the context of an app.
This ability to use a Facebook identity in apps is part of the company’s ongoing strategy and commitment to “make it easier for developers” when it comes to building rich and connected apps that target both the Windows and Windows Phone platforms.
The process is simple. The app that utilizes Facebook Login will make an authorization call, in which the Facebook app will take over and provide the login screens. Once the user is authorized, the app that is utilizing Facebook Login will receive the token.
As for Windows Phone 8, the feature is currently in Beta and is being rolled out as part of the Facebook Beta app (v5.2) and the company suggests holding off on releasing apps that use the Facebook Login feature until the non-Beta version of the Facebook app is updated.
Head over to this link to snag the code or to learn more about Facebook Login support for your app.Further reading: Facebook, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone