REST API Service and Resource Model (Messenger Connect)

Current information about Live Connect is now available in the Windows Live Developer Center. The information in the following sections is provided for legacy purposes only.

The Messenger Connect Representational State Transfer (REST) API service enables you to access a set of Windows Live resources for data storage and sharing, social networking, and communication such as commenting and tagging. The resource model describes resources such as contacts, photos, and profile information.

This documentation contains the following sections:

Messenger Connect Resource Model describes the hierarchical relationship among the resources in the resource model, how applications interact with the resource model, the supported query operators, and the method of authentication.

Using the REST API Service (Messenger Connect) describes how to use the Messenger Connect REST API service to communicate with Windows Live. It includes code samples that demonstrate how to:

  • Send HTTP requests to work with resources in Windows Live.
  • Construct XML payloads and process responses.

Resource Model Reference describes the Messenger Connect resource model in greater detail—for example, the supported operations on entities and the available collections.