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Facebook Connect features shut down for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone apps

If you enjoy using some Facebook features in apps like OneDrive, People and others in Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone, it looks like they won't be available anymore. A new support page shows that, because of a change in the Graph API, Facebook Connect features are no longer available for those apps, along with other services from Microsoft.

Here's what Microsoft has to say:

"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. Due to these changes, Facebook Connect features will no longer be supported."

The support page goes into more detail on what specific apps and services will be affected by this change. Here's the list of apps that will no longer support Facebook Connects features:

  • Outlook.com Contacts
  • Outlook.com, Windows, Windows Phone and Office 365 Calendar sync
  • Windows 8.1 People app
  • Windows 8 People app
  • Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Calendar app
  • Windows 8 Photo Gallery and Movie Maker
  • Windows 8 Photos App
  • Windows Phone 7 and 8 People app
  • Windows Phone 7 and 8 OneDrive
  • Windows Phone 7 and 8 Photos
  • Windows Live Essentials Calendar and Contacts
  • OneDrive Online
  • Outlook Social Connector in Outlook 2013
  • Office 365 Outlook Web App

You can check out the support page to see what specific features will no longer be available for each app and service.

Source: Microsoft; Thanks to Pete for the tip!

417 Comments
  • Another reason to dump facebook account.
  • If you loathe facebook so much, this shouldn't bother you at all.
  • What does your comment even mean? It does not make sense.
  • I don't have time to explain the English language to you.
  • But you have time for comments defending facebook? Weird priorities! I would think explanation of the English language to be more important than defending Facebook.
  • Defending Facebook?  What?  All that dude did was point out that if you don't enjoy Facebook in the first place then 1 less Facebook integration feature shouldn't affect you.  
  • So what is there not to understand about the comment. Its in english, I'm Vietnamese and can understand it.
  • Or another reason to dump windows phone!
  • Another reason you're a moron, Facebook changed so I'm sure IOS and Android will be affected too.
  • Sounds like someone had some poop in their corn flakes this morning.
  • This affects all platforms, not just Windows.  It's a change on Facebook's end.
  • Does it?  Evidence?
  • well has someone how is studing computer science my project for one of the class just went caput when i try to use it today, because this facebook graf api, know you need to get a key and it is only active for a few hours...
     
  • While it may adversely affect other OSes as well, it means one less good thing about Windows Phone to outweigh the lack of apps, hardware, ecosystem support, etc. This pretty much finishes the hub concept from Windows Phone after the steady erosion of Music+Video, Photos, and People.
  • Exactly this. Someone who gets it. When you lose the few good things nothing is left while on other platforms a lot is left.
  • The API changed. Microsoft let that happen. The expiration date for those using the old API was April 30. That has long passed. I assume there was an extension, and instead of fixing the old apps, Microsot decided to let that die. The new Apps that will also run on W10 will support the new fb API. I hope that MS teams who make these apps thought in advance. https://developers.facebook.com/docs/apps/api-v1-deprecation
     
  • I get what you are saying. The people tiles and groups with social media updates were/are a big part of the draw for using Windows Phone. Between changes like this and Cortana being available to iOS and Android, the competitive differentiators are dwindling, meanwhile, so is the app store.
  • And Siri in iOS 9 is gonna blow away Cortana. It seems a lot more intelligent/proactive and joins the rank of Google Now.
  • If you're going to feed to troll, at least own up to it. 
  • phone is not affected, as long as you've got 8.1, which is surely most people by now(?)
  • Agreed! And this isn't isolated to MS, these API changes affect every platform and app that used graph.
  • IDK what Facebook is doing, but their recent changes are making a mess of post order too. The other day, repeated refreshes would show a different post order, none of them being whatever is considered "Top Stories" or "Most Recent." Groups using Facebook to get their news out might want to consider jumping ship or duplicating their announcements via another service. A couple of groups I'm on have started getting complaints that people aren't seeing announcements until after whatever event has passed. Email might be old school, and not social-networky enough, but it seems to work a lot better for that use.
  • If u have windows phone 8.1 u are safe.. Don't worry
  • Im not sure if the API Graph or whatever, impacts Apple or Google. Else they would've announced the same thing. But this sure does suck big time. All my organized contacts which i directly just linked will be pretty much f***ed
  • Wow. This sucks a lot
  • Do you think they are bringing them back with WM10❓
  • Probably not in the same way. Facebook is trying to regroup users by developing apps and buying companies. We may see support in a different form, provided that Facebook can datamine our info. Don your tinfoil hats.
  • Well, I have a titanium cup....
    .........
    Actually, I think FB is in the process of turning into it's own platform, and personally I think it's a great idea.... They already have the user base, and several utilities... I do believe that there actually is a chance that a real FB phone could become more popular than WP, especially if the devices are premium quality... What developer would ignore that size user base❓ And, it's really all about marketing..
  • I think it has potential, but unlikely. I called the FB phone failing from a mile away...then the Fire phone...then the FireFox phone. Who's next? ;)
  • No, no, no.. That wasn't a real FB phone. That was Android...
    ......
    I'm talking FB is developing a true standalone platform of their own.... They have the resources, talent, and cash.. It really is something to be of concern to MS...
  • FB has had phones before ...they failed miserably. Their user base is online....that doesn't mean if they made a phone they immediately have a billion users of the phone.
  • Nobody said that they would immediately have a billion users, and their has never been a FB OS, like the Platform that they are building up to.. Like I said before, that was just an android device.... The point is that if FB is making a platform up of their own then it's nothing to be taken for granite because right now Facebook is well known, popular, liked, and everywhere.. It's a part of a lot of peoples daily lives....
    ......
    So, a real FB phone could potentially be a threat to MS... MS just can't afford to ignore the world as it changes, and has to do everything possible to maintain, and even elevate, it's position in mobile... Apple, Google, and Samsung will not always be on top, but when that time come there's no guarantee that the top spot will default to MS... That's not the way it works.
  • Way to work together on that one. Is Facebook looking for some new investment money or something?
  • Killing again another unique feature? Referring to people app.
  • This only affects people on windows phone 7 or 8 and windows 8 or 8.1 NOT windows phone 8.1 as the intergration with facebook and twitter are different on WP 8.1 as you need the app for information to be displayed in the people app instead of it being a built in feature like in 7 and 8 
  • thanks for clearing my doubts
  • Oh thank god please let this be true.  The only thing I really care is for birthdays and pretty profile pictures to sync to my phone (8.1)
  • Nooooo..... I loved it
  • That is exceptionally annoying!
  • Change in the graph API? Does this affect other platforms too, is facebook discriminating, or is MS lazy?
  • It doesn't affect other platforms because Facebook has official apps for them.
  • There are official apps for WP too
  • Facebook on windows phone isnt an official app. Its made by microsoft.
  • It's still an "offical" app, regardless of who made it. 
  • More importantly, the functions you use FB integration for--calendars, contacts, posts--are all supplied by that app, and they will continue to work.
  • its official to the developer who built it, in this case microsoft. When we say official facebook app we mean a app officially made by facebook which in this case it isnt. The only official facebook app that we have is the windows app, no the windows phone app.
  • We = you. You don't speak for everyone, and that's not a definition of "official". Lots of apps aren't made by the company that is putting it out. Obsessing about who made it, doesn't really accomplish much.
  • Wrong.  This affects all platforms, not just Windows.  Most apps who connect to Facebook use their Graph API.  This affects everyone.
  • Facebook have exclusives APIs to iOS and Android. WP need graph API.
  • I think so too. My contacts have not been syncing with fb for over a couple of weeks now. I was wondering what is wrong. This explains it. Using Lumia 920 on wp8.1 dev preview
  • it will effect ios and android as well because its a FB change just like when they wanted to seperate hub messaging so we would have to download the messanger app.  its facebook being facebook anything that will allow them make money or do it themselves so as not to rely on other parties.   
  • Yes it does affect everyone else and the announcement was made by FB some time ago.
  • It affects users across all platforms.
  • Well that sucks.
  • Dont worry, Windows 10 will......... /s
  • Do nothing..
  • Except great things
  • Yep. Why bother to fix it for older OSes :)
  • That is what I was wondering. I guess Windows 10 and Windows Mobile is coming Sooner than we expect. 
  • Damn, that's pretty major.
  • So this should nuke contact pics, albums, posts, basically anything from FB outside of their own apps/webpages, correct?
  • Sounds like it... Not sure why they would do that
  • Correct.
  • Pretty much.  This absolutely sucks.  Not sure why Facebook would do that, it defeats the purpose of having a Graph API.
  • Facebook is increasing their level of suck...
  • Wait, let me get my d*** out...
  • Lmao
  • Nice, lmao
  • Full of win.
  • Lol!
  • Excellent young man, excellent...
  • Great.
  • Why Microsoft? Its too much...
  • It's all platforms, not just Microsoft.
  • Microsoft has to figure this out.  You can't just say, "Oh, the #1 social network in the world that works on exactly every other OS in the world, we no longer support it."
  • "Facebook has made an update to their Graph API that will impact Microsoft apps and services. "
  • Have you read the article?
  • Seriously, read it. This is a change made by Facebook which affects users across all platforms.
  • no reason to panic. Use facebook app, it'll sync contacts for you just like it did until this very moment.  
  • So why don't they update to reflect the changes in the new Facebook API? So much for being partners...
  • I think updating people's hub and calendar requires a OS update .. So no way MS can release an OS update considering nearing of Win10!!
  • FB wont do that, its something their doing so they can do their own thing without 3rd party support. if they change it like they did with the messager hub that forced us to download the messanger app or go to the web. we will most likely in the future see something from FB itself that will allow us to connect it again just through their app or offer it in another way if they see that customers want such a thing.  their basically like scroogle but in a nicer way that allows it to work on the windows OS. MS also wont consider it because their leaving behind the peoples hub in windows 10 for something different as well.   
  • That last name...Love, that legit? It tis mine too, I don't see it often...im sure it was mine first....
  • So sad to hear this.. Even Facebook is behaving like Scroogle!!
  • My conspiricy theory is that since Google didn't have deep facebook integration in its contacts,  it bribed facebook to change their API so Microsoft wouldnt have it either.
  • Lol
  • RIP
  • BAD news. Really bad!! The facebook integration was really amazing in People Hub. :-/
  • Yep, that was one feature I could show off to non-WP users. Now the People hub is turning into an external contact list and becoming less unique.
  • Yes, it was a defining feature of WP. Shame.
  • Well now Outlook.com contacts have no chances or pictures at all :P Funny how the uniqueness of Windows is getting ripped out every single week
  • So true, and disheartening. And here we are supporting the company on a daily basis. I get ridiculed by Apple and Google users all the time for using WP.
  • Funny, the fuckers I work with think my 1520 is a super phone....of course, it is...even two years old...
  • Well, fuck.. Its a 1520 ... The best pamphlet out there.
  • Lol pamphlet
  • So, this affects only Microsoft's services? How interesting...
  • Not just Microsoft. All platforms are affected. Windows is affected the most because its services were deeply integrated with Facebook.
  • My Facebook account is being almost completely ignored by me in the first place, I won't be missing on much I suppose.
  • WTF omfg windows phone going to SHITTTTT. I always loved getting profile pictures automatically. This alone makes me fucking sad. Omfg. Fuck this shit. Welcome grey circles!!!;!! How will we get profile pictures????????????
  • Complain to Facebook then!  This affects all platforms.
  • Aren't most people on the Facebook app anyway? My guess is this doesn't affect synching via that app?
  • This is what I'm thinking about. The People Hub and Calendar app in Windows Phone 8.1 use data from the Facebook app.
  • Yea this sucks.
  • I'm not leaving specifically because of this, but it's the final straw I suppose. I'm done. Crappy third party apps. No flagships in sight. Etc etc etc. Enough is enough.
  • Agreed. Im on the edge of leaving.
  • +1
  • You do realize this has nothing to do with MS, right? Facebook changed their API, so it should affect iOS and android in the same way...plus, how can you say there are no flagships in sight? We all know MS has 2 flagships in the works
  • Don't confuse them with logic and facts.
  • Does it really matter who is to blame? This integration was one of the hallmarks of Windows Phone. The end result is the same for some of us.
  • +1
  • Some of these people including me have seen this before from first WM -WP 7-8.1 all talk. Unless MS with Windows 10 changes anything really in the mobile space.
  • From what I've gathered this affected other platforms as well
  • If you are on wp8.1 it won't really effect you. All integration is done via the app now. Maybe that is why Microsoft went away from this integration.
  • NOOOOOO
  • Well, this is a bad sign. Maybe they are preparing for Windows 10. If not, we are ALL screwed.
  • Boy have i heard that one before
  • And boy, have we been screwed before.
  • Lol
  • Yup WP 7.5 to 8.1
  • To be fair, they (Facebook) announced this API change a year ago and Microsoft have failed to act.
  • What MS should've done?
  • Move to the version 2 Graph API of course.
  • I didnt get it: The FB Hub integration that is present when you install the FB beta in the WP8.1 is gone too??
  • Yup pretty much and its odd because that was one of the features that made WP stand out but on the bright side, it's all platforms, not just WP
  • What a shame, i hope they iron out any issues and get things up and running. Side note... I wish FB was exciting and current as Twitter
  • oh come one, this was the only reason i really used facebook. It autopopulated a ton of contact info, and if it changed, i didn't have to know or worry about it.
  • Doesn't Windows Phone 8.1 use the Facebook app to connect to the People app and other apps? I don't see any indication that this has stopped working and the Microsoft link doesn't say anything about WP 8.1, just WP 7 & 8.
  • Well the implication is that your information available in the cloud would be 0. unless they release an "office app" for facebook
  • True but I think many people are assuming that it has also broken the integration between the Facebook app and WP 8.1. This does not appear to be the case.
  • Yes... Windows Central really needs to clarify this post to summarize the impact to users.
  • What the fuck? Seriously? Guess I better save my contacts now. This is so lame.
  • Everyone, please read the full list. Windows Phone 8.1 is not included. I'd assume for the moment that this will still work as it currently does.
  • There's a lot of devices that didn't get 8.1 yet
  • No there aren't.
  • Samsung Ativ Odyssey on Verizon didn't get 8.1.
  • If WP8.1 is available for 95% of devices, that's good enough
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  • I think this is key...if WP 8.1 is NOT affected then the overall impact is not as widespread as I thought, but it hurts those on older hardware or who haven't updated yet. I think we need some clarity on the impact to Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8/8.1...
  • Less than 1.5% of total mobile market share - that is the impact.
  • Am on Lumia denim and everything about Facebook is no longer available on people app
  • How odd. I'm on WP8.1 Update 2, on a Lumia 830, facebook integration still works in the people hub.
  • You have to install the Facebook app and enable contacts integration there.
  • Ha! One of the most favorite feature of choosing Microsoft ecosystem is gone. Soon Microsoft, soon...
  • So you are from england(by your profile picture) and you can't read english.it clearly says "Facebook has made an update to their Graph API that will impact Microsoft apps and services" and they will update windows 10 people app to adjust to the new API cause they should
  • Are you f*cking serious...
  • But will it return somehow or is it broken forever?
  • We hope that Microsoft will adjust Windows 10 to the new API.
  • Well this really sucks. Does that mean that I'll actually have to manually update my contacts' info? Also, one less thing keeping me tied to Facebook. I was really close to deleting my account before I got a Widnows Phone, then I actually got some stuff out of it Now we've looped backto me wanting to delete it. 
  • Same here... I keep Facebook just because of Facebook Connect on my Windows Phone.
  • so does it affect the app
  • The death of a thousand cuts continues.
  • I mean come on, why even have a windows phone anymore? They are making it much like Android, except without all the features.
  • My point exactly
  • Because this affects all platforms!?
  • Wow. If this reads the way I think it does, that means the primary social network integration of Windows is broken.
  • Correct.
  • Does this mean I'll loose all my contacts from Facebook in the people app?
    That's... inconvenient.
  • Yes
  • If you are using the Facebook app then no. This is only for the older wp8.0 style of integration. Wp8.1 uses the app now.
  • Except in my case, it IS. I am using the app, and it is still not syncing.  (I am on WP 8.1)
  • Damn it, Microsoft
  • This! Seriously Microsoft, if the API is changed, you update the app, not deprecate the service. You are doing it wrong.
  • just a question , you seems to be from England, is it so difficult to read an article in English?  If so, well tell to WC to write theirs articles in chinese then you can make a little effort to  read. I mean even with my crappy English I can undertand it is facebok's graph change   
  • But you can't understand noerset's post? Yes FB changed the API. This post is about MS's failure to update the app (on W8.1) to reflect the change. Please read TWICE then ask a friend to double check for you.
  • Dude, as it is explained, the change makes impossible to replicate the exact same functionality. Someone explained it very well a couple of post below
  • Damn. This changes everything. I feel like I'm being left out.
  • Most personal OS? Bye bye. Even the live tile for people will be blank now without contact pictures. Unless you're willing to sacrifice all your free time and add those manually. Omg this is such bad news for windows phone.
  • WP should just die already what a shame. The new WM is just so the hardcore fan boys won't be forgotten.
  • That's a pretty massive blow to Windows and Windows Phone. 
  • Microsoft should shut down windows os now as every good features are cutting off from the os :/
  • Okay, hang on. Let's see if these dots connect. Facebook's latest Graph API change went into place end of April, and seems to close off the connection paths (i.e. interacting with your friends on Facebook via an app) used by MS Facebook Connect. See https://developers.facebook.com/docs/apps/changelog#v2_0_login for the changelog, but the two bullets that stood out to me are: Friend list is no longer part of the default permission set and has its own permission: Asking for access to a person's friend list is now a separate permission that your app must request. The new permission is called user_friends. Friend list now only returns friends who also use your app: The list of friends returned via the /me/friends endpoint is now limited to the list of friends that have authorized your app. Searching for news about this Graph API 2.0 change turns up a number of articles all around the end of April citing these changes, including impacts on MS services. In a way, it looks like Facebook was more lenient by letting MS Facebook Connect carry on this long, and it doesn't appear at all possible to integrate with Facebook in the way we used to. This also means that neither iOS nor Android should be able to do this anymore either - it's a change on FB side.
  • Thank you, your analysis is the best I have seen here.
  • You have been great. But we that cought, It sucks for That is the one. So they are droping a lot more intigreaion. That is the only windows reason I have had two. I got burned a few times. They are pushing me aways for the OS. Sad to see, My close friends are pins and will no longer being  updated on my screen. Just the same as Andoid, Apple. They sold them or gave the most of the inportant apps. It's like selling the cow and giving the milk away for free. Sorry James Martn P.S I hope they find the corect API  
  • They changed something but it's not a valid reason for shutting down any kind of integration with Facebook. For example, there is no reason for not showing notifications of the user in the People app. That's something you can still do with the Graph API.
  • Well, but it isn't. What's coming out from People (per MS page):
    Facebook Connect – If you’ve connected the People app to Facebook on Windows 8.1, you’ll no longer be able to see any updates from your Facebook contacts in the app from now on. If you’re a new user, you won’t be able to add your Facebook account to the People app because the Connect feature is no longer supported. Contact Sync – Contact information for the Facebook contacts shown will no longer be updated with information from Facebook. Live Tile Notifications – People app tile notifications shown on the desktop will no longer include updates from Facebook. Sharing via Charms Bar – Sharing content to Facebook contacts using the People app will no longer be supported. Post, Like, Unlike, and Comment Activities – Posting updates to Facebook contacts via the People app will no longer be supported.
    The API Graph change means the only people data I get from Facebook are other people who use "the app" (in this case, have linked their FB account with their MS account in Windows/online):
    Friend list now only returns friends who also use your app: The list of friends returned via the /me/friends endpoint is now limited to the list of friends that have authorized your app.
    So, I couldn't get updates from all my friends, only at best the other ones who set up their Microsoft account to connect to Facebook.
  • "The desktop People app on Windows 8 will continue to work, but it will no longer receive updates from Facebook for connected accounts. As a result, the What's New and Notifications sections [...] will no longer be updated with information from Facebook"
  • If it's for everyone then its fine
  • This may be the exact reason why Microsoft redesigned the People hub to interact with 3rd party apps. The only issue is that now this change really hampers Windows because the People hub still uses the Graph API rather than getting data from the Facebook app. Come to think about it, I don't believe the People app in Windows 8.1 works the way it does in Windows 8.1. And the People app in Windows 10 TP is horrendous. It's just a phonebook... not rich functionality at all.
  • Really? Wow another step in the slow disintegration of the values of Windows Phone. People Hub really destroyed. Forever.
  • Its time to leave windows platform
    MS wake up
    This step would be last nail on coffin for RIP windows
  • Oh just read the article
  • What an overreacting dipshit. lol
  • yeh a reaction that most android and iphone users will have so yeh he could be closer to the truth than you think.  Already windows phone 10 has lost the greatness that i felt 8.1 was but add the facebook situation to peoples already tainted windows 8 look then it does spell trouble whatever way you look at it, shame cause apart from a couple of missing features and in dept intergration with laptop and pc like mac, i felt 8.1 phone was the best by far.  Personally im gona mioss the data intergration and contacts alot, a very lot.  Put that with a inbox that cant share multiple accounts then ill be unfortunatly and regretably shifting  platforms.
  • Believe it or not, not everyone gives a shit about Zuck's data collection/advertising service. This makes me like my Windows Phone even more.
  • im guesssing 50 million dont care and 2 billion do so what figure do you think microsoft is going to be worried about.  Every person i know all use facebook and rely on things like contact updates birthdays ect im one of them. so its a big worry.
  • So, 2 billion people care that they can no longer use these features in Win8/8.1, WinPhone8, and Outlook.com?  2 Billions people care about this.  2 billion may use FB, but do NOT use them through these platforms at even the smallest fraction of what you are implying.  If you need express such a level of hyperbole, than maybe you should try and learn to live just a little less dependent on a social network. Seriously. Want to use FB?  Use thier damn webiste or app.  It's not MS's problem to feed it to you through their platform.
  • I'd side with Himanshu here. Quit grabbing MS balls. And trying to avoid the hurtful truth... Dipshits...
  • Its still working for me..! :P
  • Same here.  On WP8.1 I'm still getting new contacts (FB Friends) as well as FB updates.  FB updates are still there in Win8.1 on my PC.  They don't say when this is going to happen on MS's support page though.
  • I haven't used facebook since 2 two yr, facebook has nothing to excite. So I'm unaffected.
    Cheers
  • Kudos
  • So no more birthday reminders ?
  • You mean people list their correct birthdates in FB?
  • "no more birthdays reminders" FF for that
  • As expected. Microsoft® developers ate to lazy to do something. For any Little thing Microsoft needs at least a year to solve if they even want to solve.
  • Read the article and coffeemike's comment above.  This affects all platforms.
  • That's too much !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then now only function of pinning people is to call immedietly :/ :'(
  • Wow, people... wow!
  • I don't see any issues with my phone. From when it will be applicable??
  • I don't really understand, so does this mean contact from Facebook won't appear anymore in People or what?
  • After reading the notes, it really appears that Facebook is attempting to get rid of data not being stored with it.  Facebook wants you to store all of your photos there, not share from onedrive. Facebook doesn't want you to "connect" to its users.  It was you to put all of your data about users into facebook so that they have the information. Overall, a pretty crappy move.  I'll have to charge up my android phone tonight, I don't remember how user integration works on it.
  • My guess is that it now works just as it works on Windows Phone. Which is, it doesn't
  • On Android there is no user integration. You can pay for an app that syncs pictures, but that's it.
  • Windows Phone 8? Can I assume that Windows Phone 8.1 and 10 its intact?
  • Not really... https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Facebook-Connect-is-no-longer-a...   LE: Sorry, I misread what you said.
  • Ehm...chance...or change??
  • And the deconstruction of Windows Phone continues. Next to go will be live tiles.
  • This is a Facebook change, not a Microsoft change.  This affects iOS and Android too. Live tiles are never going to go, in fact they already announced interactive live tiles are coming.
  • The people hub and me tile both run thru the facebook app.This will not affect you if you're on WP8.
  • Doesn't say anything about 8.1? Just the older ones. So Windows 10 and Mobile devices will be fine?
  • "•Windows 8.1 people app" included.
  • Damn...WTG M$.
  • Source for this? I only found: "devices running Windows Phone 8.1 or newer are unaffected."
  • Source for this? Read the article again... Win 8.1 people app is in the list.
  • Yeah we're talking PHONE
  • Never used the crappy Facebook app on W8 or even the people app either on Win8.No loss in my case:)
  • Where did you find this? Can you post a link or something?
  • Hang on though, doesn't the app now handle contact integration, rather than the OS? That resolves this issue.
  • I sure hope that's the case. But I don't think it is because you still have to add your Facebook account in WPs "emails+accounts" page in Settings.
  • Not since 8.1. You log-in in the Facebook app, it asks if you want to connect to the people hub. People hub integration is still working fine for me on 8.1 Update 2 and I don't have a facebook account listed under 'email+accounts'.
  • Oh ya, I guess it just shows up in the email+accounts page.
  • Newp! All handled by the app now.
  • I just did a backup of my contacts in the contacts+sms backup app and judging by the amount of contacts, it took a copy of my facebook contacts too.
    Hopefully this will save me having to enter loads of phone numbers when facebook goes 'offline'.
  • Thats thoughtful ill do that right away as well, thank you.
  • What the fuck? LOL I hate lobbies.
  • Wait, so my contacts in the People hub will no longer include/merge Facebook contacts with my Outlook contacts? Like my family who I have Facebook connections with and Outlook contacts will no longer merge? If so, this a critical feature loss! Fucking Facebook!!
  • Perhaps you can learn something instead. https://developers.facebook.com/docs/apps/api-v1-deprecation
  • It's not clear what exactly changed in the Graph API for Microsoft. Nothing changed recently. https://developers.facebook.com/docs/apps/changelog/
  • https://developers.facebook.com/docs/apps/api-v1-deprecation
  • I mean in the Graph API v2 of course. Just use that, most endpoints are still there
  • Well Whoop De Do! I havent connedted my Facebook account to my people or email since day 1, although I keep getting a message to connect which I just ignore. So basically I don't care!
  • Well, that bites.
  • I created a feedback on facebbok site, please vote, replay and spread the voice https://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=10206828554895168&added   p.s. would be nice if windows central will hel us updating the article with this link
  • The capability is still there, it's just different. It's a breaking change to the API that could be updated by Microsoft. This is nothing Facebook needs to do to 'reimplement it'.
  • First YouTube, now facebook; why are they abandoning Microsoft?
  • Competition. Dry up all WP endpoints..
  • They are not abandoning WP, they are abandoning everyone. I have a feeling it will still work as long as you have the Facebook app installed on your phone.
  • Bad news ! :(
  • Did anyone read the article?
  • Apparently not.
  • Did google buy Suckburg??
  • So what's going to happen to the people's hub?
  • Anyone know how to disable those annoying birthday reminders that go off everyday at 12pm?
  • Lol!
  • Go to calendar >settings > you'll see birthdays there. Uncheck it. I was getting an annoying abundant amount reminders as well. And my calendar was full of birthdays rather than the reminders i wanted to see. Uncheck it.
  • I feel Microsoft is moving to the model that Android uses. The model that each web site develop an app to integrate with the social API of Windows. But if WP is not popular enough, then no one will develop app for it.
  • It has been for years why would it change now? Unless a miracle happens.
  • that's why microsof dumping the old people app, and windows phone 8.1 is seems uneffected.
  • What?
  • Don't worry guys, definitely a work around will be figured out by MS guys...
  • Yes 'Windows Phone 8.1' is the workaround. This only affects Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7. The people hub in 8.1 draws the info from the Facebook app. I'm pretty sure this will only affect people who have connected their Microsoft account to their facebook account, without having the app installed.
  • So are any updates in the works to replace this functionality or are they gone for good?
  • It was actually the only feature I really like about Facebook, the way it populates my contact list. Bah!
  • Um... WTF... this like... severly breaks a ton of WP features... WTF.
  • doesn't affect windows phone 8.1 though.
  • Umm. Pretty sure it will.
  • nope windows phone drws lists from facebook app. Also wp8.1 didn't mentioned.
  • Of course it does, even if the phone itself pulls the info from the app, Outlook can no longer get the information, and that handles a ton of the backend!
  • may be facebook wants users to rely only on facebook app.
  • Wait this sucks! My contact list for my phone is synced with facebook! I loved that feature!
  • THANK GOD!! I am tired of Facebook crap showing up.
  • So, if I'm reading this right, in Windows Phone 8.1, if you have Facebook installed (which is a "People App") and have that linked to your People page, you should still be good, right? Because it's not directly linking to Facebook's GraphAPI, it's linking through the Facebook App. Right?
  • Wow smh.. Well time for another social network to do it and hopefully become as big as Facebook. :)
  • Amen to that! Facebook's getting arrogant aint it.
  • guys does this mean that the windows phone facebook app will stop working?
  • No. It means that the Facebook integration with Microsoft's services (namely the People Hub) is no longer.
  • Hell no!! I love this feature so much. When is it gonna be shut down? Is it automatic or do we need to update the phone?
  • Is there a work around for this, I really liked the photos on my contacts.
  • GUYS! "devices running Windows Phone 8.1 or newer are UNAFFECTED."
  • Although I didn't see any Windows Phone 8.1 in the text, how do you figure?
  • Not true...read the support article link....
  • Show me: Where does it say WP 8.1?
  • Sounds like 3rd party access is still offered but Microsoft doesn't update Windows (Phone) 8. If WP8.1 continues to work that's not too bad. But only Outlook.com offers the possibility of an integrated birthday calendar (Facebook + non-Facebook), this will be lost.  
  • Perhaps this has something to do with the new win10????
  • This is a joke right?..I mean this strips almost all social functionality from WP and the W8 apps like people...calendar etc. This is horrendous news "mentioned" casually in a support article at MS and then casually mentioned here? Like this is not a big deal?
  • Oh come in!! This cant be true! I love the Facebook Connect integration!! They gotta fix it!!
  • Messed up my contact....
  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this issue fixed in WP 8.1? I thought the whole reason MS ditched the hubs in favor of app integration was so API changes didn't break the OS.
  • This sucks!
  • As stupid as it sounds, the Facebook integration in People Hub was one of the defining features that kept bringing me back to Windows Phone. It was the only way I could stand to use Facebook at all. This is the final nail in the coffin for me. I'm out. Time to sell my Lumia 1520 and move on. The lack of Google services was a struggle as it was, but with unique features like this getting stripped out, Windows Phone is now just an inferior OS with a poor app ecosystem and no real defining features.
  • I assume you are using Windows Phone 8.1 on your 1520? If you are, this changes nothing. Windows Phone 8.1 is not affected as it pulls the info from the Facebook app, instead of the Graph API.
  • Ah, you're right. I read it as Windows Phone 8.1. Still, it doesn't bode well for the future. I strongly suspect that when we get Windows Phone 10, we will no longer have these features.
  • Gravage, my friend; everyone is disheartened today. Im a die hard windows fan myself. And I love the ONEness of it. I know i cant just leave it, cause ill then have to buy which ever OS's tablet desktop and phone. So lets hope for the best.
  • Is there an alternative API option that can be used? and is Microsoft going to update their scripts to work with new API?
  • So they don't specifically list Windows PHONE 8.1, just 7 and 8 and OS 8.1. My Icon with 8.1 still works, so when is this happening or does it not affect Phone 8.1?
  • It doesn't affect WP 8.1.
  • So then many people are just overreacting? Got it
  • I cannot believe the reactions to this. Unbelievable. Really? Windows Phone is dead because of THIS? Lmao, yeah right. Please, get a hold of yourselves.
  • Well it does suck. People like us - the few - have been supporting this OS for a long godamn time. Being ridiculed by other OS users. Im a die hard fan of MS. All the devices i own are windows. And yes after this, i still wont be leaving the OS. Its just that the patience is being tested unbearably long.
  • Here here.
  • EVERYONE READ THE ARTICLE! Windows PHONE 8.1 and above is not affected, as long as you have the Facebook (or Facebook Beta) app installed.  All People hub integration is taken from the Facebook app, not the Facebook API.  This is why Facebook was removed from the "Settings > Accounts" since 8.1.  This only affects Windows 8.1 (desktop), Outlook.com and WP 8.0/7.0. IF YOU HAVE WP 8.1 or WIN 10 ON YOUR PHONE - YOU ARE STILL FINE!
  • jeeesus christ looks like WP 8.1 is larely unaffected, but still loses calendar integration? that fucking sucks. Don't other OSs have similar features? are they also losing them?
  • This does not affect Windows Phone 8.1, as it pulls the information from the Facebook app. It just affect Windows Phone 7, 8 and Windows 8.1. Try reading the article people!
  • I have read the article. This affects W8.1, and no, W10 is no solution for me and for many. So a fix is needed.
  • It affects Windows 8.1, not Windows Phone 8.1
  • It doesn't matter one bit that it's Facebook who changed the API. The result is that Windows Phone continues to lose the features that makes it unique from IOS and Droid. And this feature, IMO, is the biggest. If WP looks the same as the others, it is doomed. WP does not have the apps or phones to compete. RIP WP.
  • If WP does truly look like IOS or android. Then im afraid ill leave WP. Die hard Windows user, from tablet to pc to phone speaking here.
  • Whaaat? That sucks
  • How can a company that relies on people sharing content and doing everything they can to use the service seem to go out of thier way to make people stop using the services? The data the gather on people is worth a fortune yet they insist on doing everything they can to drive people away. This is only the latest example of this. No wonder the "yoof" have moved on
  • True Rex
  • :(.. This was one of the best feature in windows and which made windows stand out of the crowd.. What the hell..... Shut down, just like that????
  • Honest to God, do any of you people read articles or just headlines and fill in the gaps yourself?? It's NOT just Windows affected.
  • The Facebook integration is a great feature and changes in 8.1 frustrated some users when
    the integration with twitter and people differed. I truly miss the way FB and twitter worked in Win8 and now the loss to FB all together will be truly missed. I liked pinning favorite contacts and seeing info displayed w/o opening FB. Fingers crossed that FB and Twitter integration will return like it was in Win8.
  • Whether you're using Facebook or not, this is big. How much more can this platform suffer..
  • That sucks.
  • Then was a good move kill the Facebook integration to Windows in benefit of avoid this embarrassing situation
  • Microsoft giving some kind of Shit here
  • Facebook has never been worth it's IPO price and are increasingly desperate to increase revenue. Acting like they are the be all and end all and will be more popular if they de-integrate has always been a bad idea. Just look how Facebook Messenger has taken over.
  • Damn you, Zuckerberg!!!!
  • My People Hub just updated...no facebook integration...but twitter & linked in shows up.
  • I see this being a bit like twitter. Facebook does this to shut out third party access but eventually will sell tokens to those that want to use this feature in the future.
  • That's what I am guessing
  • I'm loving all the WP8.1 users that haven't realized that this will not affect them at all.
  • Since most WP8.1 users also use one or more copies of W8.1, this will affect them. Are you loving that as well?
  • It does effect them read your email
  • I'm on win8.1 and my people hub doesn't work anymore for those who are saying wp8.1 is safe... Well is not!
  • WP 8.1 IS safe. Win8.1 is NOT
  • Using WP8.1 and W10 Technical preview in my household. This will pretty much only effect people with older versions of the operating system. If that...only slightly from what I see, if you take the time now to transfer all your contacts over while the feature is still working.
  • That's it.... Another nail in the coffin.
    Windows on phones will now die... Thanks for everything. RIP.
  • Huh? What operating system version is on your phone? 8.1? I think WP8.1 is in the clear with this.
  • CHICKEN LITTLE IS GETTING UPSET!!!
  • The little one here must be you and not me....
  • Windows Phone 8.1 is unaffected.
  • Windows 8.1 is safe. Only WP 7 and 8 is affected.
  • Why the hell did they do that?
  • Oh I just realized that those with WP8.1 are safe,glad to hear that.
  • Otha
  • This is extremely severe! I do not care if it affects iOS or Android but the coolest and I mean the coolest feature in WP is the People Hub and the connections it offers at social media. You see a contact and you have a feed from fb, twitter, linkedin in one place. This is actually one of the things that actually make iOS and Android people interested in WP. This sucks. I would like to know more how this change in the api is actually breaking this feature. Maybe fb will release something better that WP can make use of?
  • Does NOT affect WP 8.1 (Yeah, PHONE), so solution is here already
  • Incorrect. Read your email
  • That won't change dude. Fb Integration was already severely damaged between windows phone 8 and 8.1 and the reason to that is the changes on the API announced more than a year ago. That's the reason of the change. There's still some feed in the contacts app but it's not as complete as it was on WP8. It will affect terribly to the calendar app but there is a manual fix for it and MS is working on an automatic fix before the shut down
  • Noooo
  • Unbelievable...
  • Regardless the API changes on Graph, MS has special permissions from Facebook to let access to all user's friends (a regular dev doesn't since API v2 was enforced). But Microsoft is still capable, proof is that you can browse details of all your contacts from the Facebook app (made by MS). So if MS has that access level they could update the way People Hub works and release an OS update, but they just opted to be "not supported". Hopefully Windows 10 will consider this change.
  • Hmm
  • When you guys say 'its ok, other platforms are affected too'... It is to make us forget how MSFT is slow about changes, or to make us forget how successful was the deep integration that MSFT 'safely' adopted years ago to increase Nokia Lumia sells??
  • I don't care about iOS or Android. I'm just waiting for WP10, Cortana Beta ( yeah, they are slow, I know) for Portuguese lang., and now this FB 'issue' to be wisely solved. Who guarantees, after WP10.2, that won't happen again? We will need to wait new firmware again???
  • So, I believe you didn't read the article at all! First of all, remember the change Microsoft made to the People and the rest of the Apps in the change from Windows Phone 8 to 8.1? Exactly, all the integrations was going to be across the official App and not directly throug the OS, so, that's way you can no longer send Facebook Messenger messages from the native Messages App and when you need to make an Update on your Facebook Biography, the App opened just in the part you needed and then, when the Update was made, the App closed and you're back on the People App. Those changes are not presented on Windows 8 and 8.1, neither in Windows Phone 7 or 8, but yes in Windows Phone 8.1, so, how some were saying in previous replies, if you are using Windows Phone 8.1 and the Official Facebook App, you are no need to have fear, that's all. Also, I believe some used the functionality on the People App on Windows 8/8.1, but I believe the People App on Windows 10 with all the Universal stuff and the App no longer be chained to the OS and can be Updated throug the Store, this kind of situations are not going to be anymore, and when the APIs change, just the Official App of your service needs to be Updated so the APIs changes can be presented and all the other stuff.
  • Thank you, thats informative. I upgraded my phone through the Dev Preview. Im sure it has catched up to the actual Upgrade. I also have the FB messenger and Fb App. So i hope this doesnt adversely effect my stuff. Moreover i do have a question if you have the time to respond Sir. What'd happen to my tablet SP3? Will the people stuff be effected there, as the desktop version.
  • This is annoying as having all the contact details in one place was ideal for me, not to mention keeping contact images up to date.
  • Awesome. As someone happily living a social network free life, any time I don't have to see that goddamned F logo anywhere is great by me.  Having said that, does that mean that awful annoying flipping logo of theirs on my People tile will finally be removed, and I can restore the tile to a larger size again?  Please let it be so.
  • So desktop 8.1 is effected. Per say, my Surface wont quite be integrated? Rather my 920 w8.1 will work fine? Is that the catch? Granted i have fb messenger on my phone?
  • Fb messenger won't be affected as it has an independent app. Fb Messaging on the integrated messages app on windows phone 7/8 won't work anymore
  • All things I like about windows phone are slowly disappearing....
  • I hate this. I use Windows Phone 8.1 AND windows 8 and I love the sync features between contacts in my devices. This looks terrible to me
  • FUCK YOU FACEBOOK!!!1
  • It's clear now that FB is working with Google to kill WP, but will never happen!!! DO YOU HEAR MARK WP WON'T DIE!!!
  • lOl!
  • The Author should make another article on the reactions of WP Users of this saddening news which has dawned upon us today. :P
  • Hmmm, another step in finally closing my Facebook account.
  • So peoples Facebook pics wont show up anymore in contacts?
  • Probably not just that case. Pictures in your contacts list will be there but they will not be updated anymore. They'll disappear as soon as you try to sync your facebook account to your phone since that procedure cleans your cache and trades it for an updated one
  • The Facebook section also disappeared from MSN.com now (where Outlook, Onedrive, Xbox Music etc is listed). That's a bummer, as I used it all the time to glance at my FB account. I hope MS finds a way to integrate this again.
  • Guess it was a temporary glitch, it was back again a few hours later. Phew.
  • I think syncing (people app) was one of the best and unique features on WP. Really sucks. Wonder why can't Microsoft find a way to work with the new APIs.
  • You can do that in Android too but it depends a little on the software tweaks done by Sony or Samsung, to quote some examples. Anyway, old versions of iOS and Android will be affected in the same way. I'm not so sure if it'll affect Windows Phone 8.1 as I received an email notifying me about these changes as a windows phone user.....
  • I wonder if this is why the Facebook app keeps immediately closing when I open it!
  • This actually sucks.
  • Well that explains why I can't connect to FB in Outlook 2016 Preview.
  • Well that just fucking sucks. Outlook 2016 and without contacts is Horseshit.
  • HORSESHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • this could be a nail in the coffin for the platform actually. I know it might be for me. Integration of everything in the people has been crucial for me
  • Facebook revved their graph APIs to a new version and dropped support for the old version. The Facebook functionality is still available, but the software that uses those APIs must be updated. Looks like Windows Phone 8.1 is using the new APIs and is fine. But Microsoft won't be updating older versions of Windows Phone to use the new APIs.
  • Who needs that anyway... I never connect Facebook's snooping butt on my phone (or any app for that matter).  Sure I use the site butI don't think they all need to be connected.  If you don't keep up with your "real" friends anyhow, you don't deserve an updated phone number.  My 2 cents... 
  • Lol
  • Lmao
  • Zuckerberg = wanker  
  • I hope windows phone 8.1 people app isn't effected. Losing all my contact pictures and links would genuinely be the last straw for windows phone for me, and I'll just call up and contract on an iPhone. I've been up for a new phone since since November, but Windows Phone has no flagships so had been holding out with a 920 on life support.
  • 920 guy right here too bruh
  • Yeah m. U r right. If we keep getting hit with bad news like this, I will have to dump Windows Phone for Android or iPhone
  • +1
  • So, when we share, it just sends the information to the Facebook app instead?
  • Facebook really needs to update their Windows 8 app.
  • So... in situations like this, is there anywhere to complain to MS to update their code to the new API?
  • Most logical question yet ^
  • Ya I m looking for same sources, they should also update apps
  • One of the cool features in Windows Phone .. I wish they could explain why they will no longer support it. Otherwise, to me, this is another reason to dump Windows Phone!!
  • This is not a good news at all,I always use this feature , will Microsoft make move to update all apps to go along with this change
  • Microsoft was so nice to write this lengthy post instead of getting a goddamn fix ready.
  • Nnoooooooooo
  • Its only for windows 8 not 8.1
  • Microsoft support page for this thing:   https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Facebook-Connect-is-no-longer-a...
  • People chill! If you have Windows Phone 8.1, then this will not change that much. In WP8.1 it's the actual Facebook app that provides the data to the OS, not the OS that integrates with Facebook Connect directly. You will still get contacts and status updates from Facebook if you have the Facebook app installed.
  • Wow... Please add update to article explaining the null effect to Windows phone 8.1 due to the app handling these services?
  • And that's it? Are they stupid or what?!
  • Oh just read that won't affect WP 8.1. Really bad article from windows central.
  • I don't get this. This is Microsoft we're talking about. If they wanted to make this work, they could.
  • This is a big loss! This made my iPhone-friend look jealous when they saw the profile pictures pop up automatically. The advantages of WP are disappearing fast... ​
  • Exactly my friends were so jealous when they saw profile pictures for all my contacts...
  • What is going on with Microsoft?!?! For the first time in 5 years I'm thinking about leaving Windows Phone...
    All the features I used to brag about are gone...
    There is only live tiles left... Pfff
  • So another good feature lost in windows platforms, wow not a great start for windows 10, its like every app developers dumping windows, Microsoft should move quickly if they want windows to compete.
  • So I'm thinking I'm leaving windows now, I don't know what's Microsoft is thinking, its ridicules, they cant afford to lose that.
  • This is so lame. This is the one feature in Windows Phone that I'm really gonna miss, and as a longtime Windows user, I'm not at all happy about this.
  • This is just another reason to kick out Microsoft ... They want to have more and more customers ... but now have lost a great feature. I bought a Windows Phone for this ... to be able to have feeds from my MSN/Facebook account in one place called People hub and to be able to see all contacts of both systems (Microsoft/Facebook) in one place. Now if this is not working anymore ... I think my Windows Phone is just ... not delivering what it was supposed to be.  It's not just the integration into my Windows Phone ... but for all other things that will be involved like the integration with Office 365, Outlook.com, etc ... Since last year that they are aware of this. They are able to build OS/Softwares ... but not able to get this worked  ... Come on Microsoft ... get a fix ASAP !
  • The People Hub integration is one of the main reasonson I bought a Windows Phone.  It wasn't Live Tiles or Microsoft services. Now that that's gone, the only thing that has me keeping a Lumia 1020 around and not flipping it on ebay or swappa, is the monster camera.    I pretty much use a Moto X as my daily driver, but when I go to a concert or a picturesque outing, I slip my 1020 in a pocket-----takes some fantastic video and it's nice and compact, unlike a point and shoot camera.
  • Let's just be real. Google and Apple have partnerships with major developers and successful and notable apps. It is in they're best interest to help WP fail, or reduce interest. It is no surprise that on the heals of all the W10 advertisement, that this API fails. WP will always have an uphill battle with apps. It is just sad. While others work to decrease compatibility with Windows, Windows creates apps to have to work easier with they're systems. Sad! 
  • There goes Windows phones competitive edge. Hubs are basically gone and the reason I stuck with WP in the first place. No reason to have live tiles or groups of people when nothing updates. I dont want apps. We already took a step back with facebook and twitter app opening on clicks instead of being integrated into the OS. Looks like just apps now....and not as many apps as other systems. Disappointing. This sucks. Really loved my people hub and live tiles of people.Windows just has the camera now .......but they have lost Nokia. Time to move from windows or not?
  • I have a feeling this has to do with money. Facebook wants you to go to the Facebook app or facebook.com to look at content your friends post or to share something so you will see the ads.
  • There isn't any windows phone 8.1 app on the list. So does it mean Wp 8.1 will not be affected?
  • Ugh, I wish people would cease with the 'look over there, Elvis!' comments. Of course it will affect users on Windows Phone 8.1:  FB integration with Outlook means no WP calendar integration (birthday and event reminders) and intergation with OneDrive, means no saving photos to OneDrive or automatically syncing to your phone and uploading to OneDrive.
  • ,this is the worse thing microsoft has done i got email regarding this from microsoft , this feature was great , it was the thing for us to simply connect , i think we should all send a feedback to microsoft regarding this
  • Well, I am on an Icon running 8.1 -- and all of my Facebook connectivity is GONE. I went into the Phone Sync settings on the Facebook app, and every time I try syncing, I get "We weren't able to sync right now. Please try again in a little bit." It's been that way for over a day, and now all of my phone's contact photos that came from Facebook have disappeared. This is not how it is supposed to work.
  • So our contact lists are about to get gutted? It was really slick the way the contact list online, on my phone and on my desktop would update whenever my contacts would update ther information on Facebook. I don't quite understand why Microsoft didn't make the necessary changes to remain compatible with the API changes that Facebook was planning to make. Wouldn't that all be back end stuff and not require OS updates?
  • is this just with windows and if so why?  Cause its yet another letdown in the app department one that no offenfe could keep millions away from the new windows 10.  It needs sorting and going to outlook.com is not the solution people want or need.
  • Well, this is unfortunate.  Hopefully we'll see something better come along soon.
  • What annoys me is that people keep making the same comments over and over again without reading what has been said before. FFS 1. This is a facebook move that affects ALL PLATFORMS not just Windows.
    2. It is not MS fault but Facebook's.
    3. Windows Phone 8.1 uses the app to integrate the contacts NOT just the graph api
    older versions like 7 and 8 are affected and so are laptops. But NOT windows Phone 8.1
    4. No one asks you to stay on WP if you hate it so much but the other OSes have their issues too and Apple so not support as many devices with OS upgrades that Windows does. If you are rich enough to keep buying new Apple products then go spend your cash and waste it when your upgrades soon stop and your built in battery dries up. Android is very laggy and unpleasant to use. But it is personal preference and if peer pressure influences you then do what makes you comfortable. No one will tie you down and force you to use Windows Phone. It is a choice.
  • When I bought Windows Phone, the huge feature was Hubs. Messaging was together, pictures together, people...together. Then they took messaging out. They made facebook and twitter separate from the OS because they could be "updated" easier. And don't get me started on what they did to the games hub. Now they are losing any integration that was left. Microsoft is slowly killing or losing everything that made WP different. Can someone explain what the strategy is because I really don't understand it.
  • Actually, this is the type of thing that MS was afraid would happen, and why they took out OS level integration in Windows Phone 8.1, so they could just update the app when the third party changes the API, rather than having to do a whole OS refresh (if you notice, Windows Phone 8.1 is not effected by these changes). It does suck for the end user, but it's hard to avoid.
  • Outlook social connector never christing worked for me anyway, so that's no loss. But the people app on windows phone!? What are they thinking. Looking back on it I guess you could see they were trying to get rid of it in the long run. I miss those days you could see comments etc from within the people hub without it opening a lame-ass facebook app. Precious time wasted.
  • Seriously people. Go to the source page and read there. It explains everything in detail.
  • It would definitely affect selling of windows phone!!! Many people used to buy windows phone because of this!!
  • Microsoft please don't scare us. My WP 8.1 works just as before - Facebook contacts, birthdays and my friends updates all in the Contacts hub. Also, please keep the good things from WP7 -  Metro design and smart hubs and other. If I wanted a pile of separate apps, Android is a better option
  • This is the last straw for me unfortunately. I am out!
  • 1) does it mean my contact list will no longer be updated? no photos of my friends anymore? 2) does it affect Android too? if not - why?
  • It won't affect WP8.1 because phone is syncing contacts in backgroubd through the FB application. The OS no longer handle the API calls itself, so this must be either poor journalism or deliberate scam intended to harm WindowsPhone users.  
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  • I was having problems with Windows 10 and while I was chatting with the Microsoft technician who was fixing it, I mentioned Facebook Connect. He said that the issue was going to be resolved this year and we would once again be able to connect Facebook to the People app. I don't know how accurate his information was, but it might be a good sign. Fingers crossed