Ahead of the Windows 10 launch slated for July 29, Microsoft announced the roll out of a new open-source software-development kit specifically designed for developers to help them integrate bits of Facebook into apps for Windows 10.
Windows SDK for Facebook
Developers showing interest in developing a universal Windows app for Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10, currently using the Facebook .NET SDK (http://facebooksdk.net/), are requested to evaluate the new Windows SDK for Facebook for use in their app. The new SDK extends the most popular capabilities of the existing .NET SDK forward. The new Windows SDK features are listed on GitHub and if the developers find any key features missing, they can submit a feature request on the Windows SDK for Facebook GitHub repo.
“We’re pleased to announce a new open source library for integrating Facebook into your Windows apps. The Windows SDK for Facebook is geared towards app developers creating Universal Windows apps on both desktop and phone. The SDK supports universal Windows app for Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. Using this library, you can easily integrate Facebook Authorization, Like, Graph and other Facebook functionality into your app”, wrote Windows Apps Team in a blog post.
The SDK is geared toward the development of Universal Windows apps and will allow developers to add to their apps the following,
- Login Button
- Profile Picture control
- Feed dialog
- Request dialog
- Custom Stories
- Post to user’s feed
- Upload Photo
- Like a Page/Object
Microsoft wants to see more Windows Phone apps supporting its phone OS, and the new SDK could help in this direction, believes the company.