Windows developers certainly know that Facebook is a terrific brand to build apps with, and integrating Facebook connectivity to their Windows apps is key to their growth. On Wednesday, Microsoft released a Windows SDK for Facebook, which is a new open source library for integrating Facebook into Windows apps.
The ability to build Facebook into Windows apps is a strong part of an apps success, and the social and sharing aspects of the apps growth. Now, developers looking to build a universal Windows app on desktops and phones, can get a universal Facebook SDK that works with Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10.
Features Included In SDK
With the Windows SDK for Facebook, there are a number of features available to developers. These include authorization, dialogs, and graphs. Within the authorization layer, there are logins, logouts, login buttons, and profile picture control. The dialogs has feed dialogs and request dialog features.
The graph feature is probably the biggest part of the Windows SDK for Facebook, as it has the wealth of the Facebook graph for developers to access. It features the custom stories, the ability to post to a user’s feed, uploading photos, and to like a page or an object. This makes Facebook the Facebook it is.
How To Get SDK?
Developers can download the SDK via Github now, and developers are encouraged to evaluate the new Windows SDK for Facebook with their app. It carries forward the most popular capabilities of the existing .NET SDK, and Microsoft is encouraging developers to submit feature requests on the Facebook GitHub repo.
Compilation instructions are available via the GitHub repo as well. Sample projects are listed, and showcase the feature of the Windows SDK for Facebook. These include the abilities to log in, display user information, post to users timelines via feed dialogs, launch app requests, and to display the list of users’s likes.
Developers can download the new SDK today. If you build apps, it’s almost a must download to try out today.