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Weaving the Windows Live Services into Your Web Site

Ready to build a web experience your users will love? Consider Windows Live Services as the building blocks of your new site.


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t takes an engaged audience and compelling experiences to reach success on the web. Using Windows Live Services, your site can provide engaging experiences that connect directly with hundreds of millions of Windows Live users. But how do you start? Windows Live Quick Applications gives you an easy way to get started by showing you how to build new experiences for your customers with Windows Live Services. You can quickly and easily use Windows Live Services to give your users new ways to share information, communicate and stay connected. Each Quick Application uses several Windows Live Services to store and share data in a fully functional web application. You can download the source code to learn about Windows Live development and modify the code to create your own site.

Everything you need to get started is at http://dev.live.com/QuickApps/. On this site you can download the source code, learn how to customize the Quick Applications, and deploy them on your own site. This article gives you a tour of the available Quick Applications, and provides step-by-step instructions that let you use the Quick Applications as starting points for building your next-generation web experience.

Windows Live Services Work Together
You can use the Windows Live Services individually—they're not dependent on other Windows Live Services. In other words, you can build a web site that uses Windows Live ID to manage its user base, or add Live Search to an existing site. However, you can realize the services' full potential by combining several services into one web application. For example, to develop a rich media experience, just glue together Silverlight Streaming and the Windows Live Spaces Photo API. Just adding those two services gives you full-motion video, user-generated content, and photo album capabilities—all hosted by Windows Live and presented by your site.



Visitors to your site can also communicate and stay connected with Windows Live Services. Build Windows Live Messenger into your site so your users can communicate with one another, and integrate Windows Live Alerts to keep them connected anywhere on the network, even when offline. You don't have to create an authentication scheme for your users, and your server doesn't need to host streaming media or run a database to keep track of contacts. Just build the glue—the code needed to connect the Windows Live Services together to create your own new user experience.

The Windows Live Quick Applications provide sample code to get started developing with all of the following Windows Live Services:

  • Silverlight Streaming
  • Live ID
  • Live Search
  • Live Messenger
  • Virtual Earth
  • Live Alerts
  • Live Contacts
  • Live Spaces
  • Live Expo
You can find more information on these services and API documentation at http://dev.live.com.

Editor's Note: This article was first published in the "Windows Live" edition of CoDe Focus Magazine (2008, Vol. 5, Issue 2), and is reprinted here by permission.



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