Flurry of New Microsoft APIs

John Musser
May. 02 2007, 12:05AM EDT

This week Microsoft released a flurry of interesting new web service APIs as part of their new Windows Live Platform beta. As a result, we've now listed four new Microsoft APIs ranging from photos, to security, to contacts, to the new Silverlight Streaming service. You can now view 18 Micrsoft APIs in our listings.

  • Windows Live Spaces Photo Control: The Windows Live Spaces control is a client-side browser JavaScript object that enables visitors to use their Windows Live Spaces photos with your Web site. The Windows Live Spaces control is a bit complicated on the inside, but on the outside you only have to create a spacescontrol element and event handlers to receive the selected photo data.
  • Windows Live Contacts API: The Windows Live Contacts API is an HTTP-based service that enables developers to programmatically submit queries to and retrieve results from the Windows Live Contacts Address Book database. Note, this is a new lower-level, detailed API that's different than the existing JavaScript-based Windows Live Contacts Control.
  • Windows Live Data API: Windows Live Data provides a mechanism by which developers can ask Windows Live users for permission to access the user's Windows Live services and data on the user's behalf. Currently Windows Live Data exposes Windows Live Contacts which is the central address book for all Windows Live services. Access to additional Windows Live services will be added for the upcoming Beta and other future releases.
  • Silverlight Streaming API: The Silverlight Streaming service REST protocol is used to upload and manage Silverlight applications on the hosted service.
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