A key goal of the revamped developer platform is to make it easier for websites to integrate Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger into their sites in ways that are meaningful and beneficial.
One site that has taken advantage of our platform in this manner is The Huffington Post. The Huffington Post is a popular news site which features articles and blogs that cover business, entertainment, politics and current affairs. It’s currently ranked as one of the top 100 sites on the Internet by Alexa. The site has a number of features that make it easy for people who use popular email and social media sites to easily log in and share content with their friends. The Huffington Post recently added integration with Hotmail, allowing Hotmail users to easily share content with their friends and even sign up & sign in to the site using their Hotmail account.
Each article on The Huffington Post, such as this story on Hurricane Irene, offers an option to share the article using social media services or email.
When you choose the email option, a set of email providers is listed, and you can select Hotmail.
Selecting Hotmail kicks off the OAuth 2.0 based consent workflow, which asks you to give The Huffington Post access to your info, including your Hotmail contact list.
When you give The Huffington Post access to your info, you can share the article with anyone in your Hotmail contact list.
If you have a Hotmail account, you can also connect The Huffington Post to your account to simplify the process of logging in or signing up for an account on the site. When you sign in to The Huffington Post, there’s an option to sign in using your Hotmail account.
When you sign in using your Hotmail account, the same OAuth 2.0 based consent workflow enables The Huffington Post to access your info. In only a few seconds, the sign up process is populated with the info from your Hotmail account.
Instead of having to enter a bunch of info, you can sign up for new accounts with The Huffington Post with a few clicks.
As more sites take advantage of the ability to integrate with Hotmail and offer email-based sharing, which is still one of the most popular ways to share content online, we’ll continue to look for ways to improve the experience for both our partners and for our customers using Hotmail.
The new pinning feature in Internet Explorer 9 makes a great compliment to the Hotmail sharing experience. The Huffington Post recently started using the notification features to pull their customers in from outside of the browser, and they’ve gotten 49% more time on site from customers who pin. Try it yourself on The Huffington Post or Hotmail. And if you want to learn about how you can enhance your site with pinning capabilities, visit BuildMyPinnedSite.com.
Dare Obasanjo Lead Program Manager, Messenger Connect Platform
Microsoft is busy blogging about stuff that doesn't matter. I'm about to Abandon them and their services. So tired of their lack of agility and year long update cycles. Plus, the Windows Live team support iOS better than WP7, anyways. iPhone users didn't have to wait a year for WLM on their phone - thought I won't be using that anymore, either.
It would be nice if windows live would make a garageband-like digital audio workstation so users can create their own music and beats.
It would be nice if windows live movie maker could be improved or have some of the good functionality of the old movie maker. The new live movie maker is really simplified to the point where you can't even try to do advance things. You don't have different tracks like before no timeline and for me it actually feels harder to use than before. The ribbon interface is confusing and cluttered. And now you have to prepare files? It takes forever and the rendering is pretty slow as well. It needs a lot more work.
I'd love to share Huffington Post articles. Too bad I've been locked out of my hotmail account and support is nonexistent.
Allowing the Huffington Post (or anyone) access to ones profile, access to ones contact list, and access to ones info (with the ability to update) at any time (even when one is not using the app) .... does anyone see a potential security/privacy problem there???