In case you didn’t know, Microsoft and Facebook have officially ended their relationship, again. In what started out as a good partnership, Facebook has officially disabled Facebook Connect, which was a tool that linked Microsoft accounts with Facebook accounts.
According to The Inquisitr, there are also a dozen or more products and services from Microsoft that won’t be able to integrate with the social networking app. According to key Microsoft players, this unwelcome development is due to a change in the Graph API that Facebook uses.
The feature has long been used by the company to connect its user accounts to Facebook. However, the Graph API has been updated recently, and the changes appear to have had a negative impact on all the apps and services that use Facebook Integration, Inquisitr added.
“Facebook has made an update to their Graph API that will impact Microsoft apps and services. Facebook’s Graph API is the tool that we use to connect your Microsoft account to Facebook. It brings contact information from your Facebook friends into Outlook.com and the Windows People app, keeps those contacts up-to-date, and provides options in apps and services like Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, and OneDrive.com to share to Facebook. We collectively refer to these features as Facebook Connect,” the Microsoft Support Page said.
Once upon a time, Microsoft and Facebook were bosom buddies.
Microsoft even made an early investment in Facebook, circa 2007. But as Facebook’s ambitions grow and grow, it’s being forced to burn a few bridges with once-partners like Microsoft, the best example being Facebook’s unceremonious dumping of Microsoft Skype, wrote Business Insider.
Facebook said in a statement: “As one of the changes that we made to our API, we announced that people can now only share their own information with apps; they can no longer share their friends’ information (e.g., Likes, photos, birthday, etc.) We made this change because we heard feedback that people were surprised when their friends shared their information with an app. The new Graph API gives people more control over how their own information is shared with apps,” wrote ZD Net.
You would have thought Microsoft would have learned its lesson after working with Facebook to integrate video calling on Facebook Messenger, with Facebook again going on its own and leaving Microsoft’s Skype for dead.