Office 365 Unified API is now Microsoft Graph, generally available
Back in August I blogged about the Office 365 Unified API, bringing together all the various APIs that cover access to the Office platform. This was interesting because Rob Howard (Program Manager, Office Extensibility Team) mentioned that eventually the APIs for Lync and Skype would also be joining this platform as well:
“The APIs for Lync and Skype will be integrated into this [Office 365 Unified API] structure very soon too.”Rob Howard
Today, at Connect() the Office 365 Unified API was made generally available, and now has a new name, Microsoft Graph.
There’s a new website – graph.microsoft.io making a pretty bold claim taken right out of Lord of the Rings: One Endpoint To Rule Them All.
The intent is pretty clear. Give developers one place to authenticate and then offer access to all the different Office APIs in a standardized way. It makes a lot of sense. Microsoft also call out 3 distinct advantages:
- Unified Microsoft API endpoint for accessing the capabilities of the Microsoft cloud.
- Unified access to data living in the Microsoft cloud.
- Unified access to intelligence and insights coming from the Microsoft cloud.
Today you can access data about:
- Contacts (personal)
You can also Preview (explore):
- Organizational contacts
- Office Graph
- Planner, OneNote, Converged Auth. flow support, OneDrive Files and Outlook.
- Start coding—Visit graph.microsoft.com to get all the documentation, code samples, SDKs, graph explorer and much more.
- Sign up—Visit office.com and click the Sign Up button to join a vibrant and growing community of developers building solutions for Office 365.
- More on Office Dev—Visit office.com/getting-started to get started with Office development.