Microsoft Releases SDK for Facebook

Matthew Casperson, December 3rd, 2009

FacebookMicrosoft has announced its new Facebook SDK, which allows developers using Microsoft technologies to quickly create web client (via Silverlight), web server (via ASP.NET) and desktop (via WinForms and WPF) applications that harness the power of the Facebook API.


Microsoft has been developing the Facebook SDK for some time now, with Facebook integration being one of the features of the now canceled Popfly mashup creator. However, this is the first release to be officially supported by Facebook. This excerpt is from the Facebook developer blog:

The Microsoft SDK for Facebook Platform joins the ranks of our other supported libraries, alongside PHP, JavaScript, iPhone, Adobe ActionScript 3.0, and You can check out the libraries with which you can build on Facebook — both officially supported and community supported — in the Client Libraries article on the Developer Wiki.

This SDK comes after Microsoft made a $240 million investment in Facebook back in October 2007,  spurning a competing offer from online search leader Google Inc. Microsoft has also recently made Facebook available on its XBox 360 gaming console.

Developers looking to get started with the new SDK can find some tutorials on MSDN. You can also find many more Facebook mashups and how-to articles in the ProgrammableWeb directory.

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One Response to “Microsoft Releases SDK for Facebook”

June 23rd, 2010
at 5:51 pm
Comment by: vatlab

I don’t believe that Microsoft has done anything to make this
project as it suppose to be. It is pure open source project with
all typical problems as all open source projects have: bugs, bad
documentation and pure examples which even don’t work. I just want
to thank to all these guys who spent their time and energy to keep
this project alive.

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