Microsoft works towards Live, Windows integration
In a move that might cause alarm bells to go off at the European
Commission, Microsoft has taken the first steps towards integrating
its Live online services into Windows. Through a new SDK due out
later this year, it will become possible for developers to use
Microsoft's Live ID authentication service in their Windows
applications. This integration will allow users to log in via
Microsoft's servers from inside third-party software.
For example, a developer could write a Windows application that has a
button for buying from an e-commerce site. The Windows Live ID
authentication window could pop up from within the Windows application
to verify an end user's security credentials.
Microsoft won't stop there, either. Executives quoted by CNet say the
company will "release more application programming interfaces and tools
to encourage third-party developers to write Live applications that tie
into Windows." The long-term goal is for online Live services to
complement Windows software, hitting what Microsoft feels is a pragmatic
middle-ground between a complete move to web-based apps and a
preservation of traditional software.