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BuildMobile: Using Windows Live ID in a WP7 App

By Nick Randolph

You might be surprised to learn that despite the close integration of Windows Live ID and Windows Phone there is no way to make use of the existing Windows Live ID credentials within a third party application. This means that if you want to access the user’s Windows Live profile, their list of contacts or any other data that is available via the new Messenger Connect API you will have to get the user to authenticate against Windows Live ID from within your application. In this post you’ll learn how to work with the Messenger Connect APIs for authenticate from within a Windows Phone application. Updated Terms of Use for Mobile Applications The Windows Live Developer Services – Terms of Use was updated June 2011 to permit the use within mobile applications (see section 2)

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BuildMobile: Using Windows Live ID in a WP7 App

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