Microsoft has launched a developer website to encourage programmers to write applications that connect to the company’s web-based applications.
The Microsoft Developer Network has launched the Windows Live Developer Center, offering documentation to developers to allow them to write applications that easily connect to Microsoft services such as MSN Search.
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The facility is designed to generate a stream of new applications that can work with Microsoft software, and potentially open up a profit centre for third-party developers.
Through the site, Microsoft is publishing the application programming interfaces of its web-based services.
So far, it has released technical information related to MSN Search, MSN Messenger, the MSN Spaces blogging software, and for a variety of “gadgets” - mini applications that run in the sidebar window of the forthcoming Windows Vista operating system.
Microsoft plans to host a site that will help developers build their own third-party gadgets and distribute them to users.
The company also intends to offer help to developers to enable them to make money from their linked applications, through the use of advertising and closer relationships with end-users on-line.
Windows Live Developer Center: http://msdn.microsoft.com/live/