Microsoft has now officially confirmed that the Facebook integration feature on Windows Phone will now be deactivated as it’ll no longer work correctly. The Redmond giant says that changes made in Facebook’s Graph API has resulted in this move as it’ll make some of the social networks integrated features, not work properly.
A number Microsoft apps and services will now be affected, as they’ll no longer benefit from Facebook integration anymore. Facebook integration on Windows essentially syncs contact information from Facebook friends into Outlook.com and People app. It also keeps them up-to-date and further provides options for apps and services including Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, and OneDrive.com to share to Facebook.
“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”, explained Microsoft in a blog post.
A bunch of important products and services from Microsoft including Outlook, OneDrive, Movie Maker, Calendar, Photos, People and Office 365 will now no longer work with Facebook Connect.
Launched back in 2010, Facebook Connect was quite a handy tool for Microsoft users on a daily basis. It allowed them to find their contacts directly in Outlook’s email list. Facebook Connect also offered Windows Phone users using People app to easily find contact information, while users could also share content from OneDrive with their Facebook friends. Existing users may find it frustrating as they can no longer share photos and check auto calendar updates for birthday reminders in a certain way.
Microsoft attributes this move to the change in Facebook’s Graph API, while experts suggest that this was inevitable given the social media giant’s new priorities and future goals.
Apparently, this is not the first time the two companies have parted ways. Few years ago, both of them collaborated to integrate video calling on Facebook’s Messenger. However, Facebook seems backed out and launched a different video calling feature leaving out Microsoft’s Skype.
The move seems to be a permanent one, and Microsoft is not planning a major fix either. This makes sense for Microsoft as there’s no point investing time and effort on Windows 7 and Windows 8, given the fact that the company all set to launch Windows 10 for Mobile in the next few months.
The company also told WinBeta that it’s “proactively working with customers to communicate the changes.” The Redmond-based giant has now posted a support article offering some suggestions that have been affected by Facebook Connect integration.