Windows Live Contacts Beta Launched

Posted on August 22, 2006. Filed under: Microsoft, Online Applications |

Yesterday George Moore, GM of Windows Live, announced the Windows Live Contact Gadget. He announced it at the Microsoft TechEd 2006 conference, in Auckland New Zealand (I’m here at the conference courtesy of Microsoft NZ). Live Contacts provides programmatic access to a user’s contact list, providing secure access to 400+ M active users with 12B contact records. The user is in full control over their personal data, George said.

Here’s the official word:
“Learn how, with nothing more than a little JavaScript, you can allow customers to use their Windows Live Contacts (Hotmail/Windows Live Mail and Messenger contacts) directly from your Web site.

For more, check out the developer info and two working samples. MS developer Danny Thorpe notes:

“The contacts gadget is client-side JavaScript that enables end users to use their Windows Live contacts (from Windows Live Mail/Hotmail and Messenger) with third party (non-Microsoft) web sites, conveniently and securely. The gadget works with any web server, most browsers, and doesn’t require reams of license or partnership paperwork with Microsoft. You don’t have to assimilate your web server into the Microsoft collective in order to play with Windows Live contact data.”

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