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Facebook Unfriends Microsoft

Microsoft apps are no longer linked to Facebook accounts. The news came in the form of an e-mail to millions of Microsoft account holders this morning. The social network severed the link between its Facebook Connect interface and Microsoft apps thanks to a change in the Facebook Graph API, which the company officially announced over a year ago.

The link connected contacts from Facebook accounts into Outlook.com and the Windows 8.1 People app. In addition to synchronizing contact info, Facebook Connect linked to various apps that were common among the two companies such as Microsoft's Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and OneDrive.com, allowing users to share content directly in Facebook.

"Due to these changes, Facebook Connect features will no longer be supported," Microsoft's e-mail stated. "If you've connected Facebook to your Microsoft account, your Facebook contacts will stop syncing to Outlook.com or the People app on your Windows devices, and the sharing options to Facebook will stop working as early as June 9th."

While Facebook didn't address the removal of support for Microsoft apps in last year's announcement, the company did say "are removing several rarely used API endpoints."

Is the lack of this connectivity something you'll miss?

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 06/09/2015 at 10:39 AM


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