Yesterday, the popular Facebook social networking Web site officially launched the Facebook Platform which allows 3rd parties to write applications which will be available to Facebook users. Among the 70 companies developing programs and/or tools for the platform is Microsoft as Joshua Allen explains:
People using Popfly can now drag-drop to create in-browser mashups that use Facebook friends, photos, and events. Since it’s using Popfly, the Facebook mashups can also include existing Popfly blocks, for example mashing up your Facebook friends list with XBox 360 gamer tags.
And for developers, we’ve created a Facebook developer’s toolkit to enable you to code against Facebook with any of our programming languages. The toolkit includes components, controls, and samples for both web development and client development. Especially check out the fully-functional sample using WPF and LINQ to make a 3D rolodex.
You can download the toolkit and Visual Studio Express both for free starting now.
Seems a reasonable way to bring in new prospects for Microsoft’s development tools.