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Managing Application Settings (Messenger Connect)

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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.

Early in the development process, you register your application with Windows Live with a minimal set of information. You can see the status of your application on the Application Status page of the application management site (https://manage.dev.live.com).

To enable activities and complete the integration of your application with Windows Live, you must publish your application. Before you can publish, however, you must specify additional settings on the following pages of the application management site:

  • Essentials
  • Text & Logos
  • Localization (optional)

The application information that you provide on these pages appears in various elements of the Windows Live user interface (UI). For details, see Mapping Registration Values to the Windows Live UI.

Note that the discussion in this topic applies to Messenger Connect web applications and desktop applications.

When you register an application with Windows Live, your client ID and secret key are returned as shown in the following example.

The Essentials page from the Portal

The Essentials page shows the essential application settings, such as Client ID, Secret Key, and various URLs. Values for the Home page URL, Terms of service URL, Privacy URL, and Support URL are required to publish the application.

The following list briefly summarizes the required information:

  • Home page URL—For web applications, the URL to a page on your site where you want your customers to learn about your application's integration with Windows Live and begin the subsequent user consent process. For desktop applications, this is the URL to a page on your site where you want your customers to learn about your application integration with Windows Live and then download the application.
  • Terms of service URL—The URL to the terms of service of your site.
  • Privacy URL—The URL to the privacy statement of your site.
  • Support URL—The URL to a page that explains how visitors to your site can obtain support.

In addition, you must verify that you own the domain that you have specified for your application. Only the owner of a domain can create applications for it. To begin the verification process, on the Essentials page, click Verify now.

On the Text & Logos page, you provide a Description and Short Description of your application, and application logos.

On the Localization page, you provide localized versions of your Application Name, Description, and Short Description. This information is optional.

The following example shows the Application Status page for an application that is not yet published.

The Application Status page from the Portal

As mentioned earlier, your application can be published only after you provide all required information on the Essentials and Text & Logos pages.

To manage your application settings:

  1. Sign in to the application management site (https://manage.dev.live.com) by using your Windows Live ID credentials. A list of previously registered applications is displayed.
  2. Click the name of the application that you want to manage.
  3. Click Edit settings.
  4. Modify the settings as necessary.
  5. Click Save.

To get a new secret key for your application:

  1. Sign in to the application management site (https://manage.dev.live.com) by using your Windows Live ID credentials. A list of previously registered applications is displayed.
  2. Click the name of the application that you want to manage.
  3. Click Edit settings. The Essentials page is displayed.
  4. Click Get a new secret key.
  5. Read the warning message and then click OK. The Essentials page is refreshed with the new Secret key.
  6. Replace the old key with the new one in your web server configuration file within 30 minutes.
  7. Click Save to activate the new secret key and deactivate the old one.
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