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Microsoft's Graph is an easy way for devs to access all the data in the Microsoft cloud

Microsoft Graph is an easy way for developers to give applications unified access to digital work and digital life data throughout the Microsoft cloud.
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November 18, 2015
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Microsoft today officially unveiled Microsoft Graph (formerly known as Office 365 Unified API) at the big Connect() conference in New York. Microsoft Graph is an easy way for developers to give applications unified access to digital work and digital life data throughout the Microsoft cloud. In other words, with the Microsoft Graph, developers will now be able to bring together smart machine learning algorithms and user data and behavior using just a single authorization token.

The Microsoft Graph, which can be found at graph.microsoft.com, exposes APIs, data and intelligence across both Office 365 and Azure AD. Any developer that’s able to make an HTTP request can call the API from any platform, and all Office 365 services can now be directly navigated via Graph. Microsoft is also releasing the SDKs to make Graph as useful as possible, starting with .Net, Android and iOS, then expanding to other platforms like Node.js, Python, Java and Ruby. Code samples can be found on GitHub.

Here’s what’s available through Graph today:

  • General availability (ready for production) – Users, Files, Messages, Groups, Events, Contacts (personal), Mail, Calendar, Devices and other directory objects and docs.
  • Preview (available to explore) – Notifications, SDKs, People, Organizational contacts, Office Graph, Planner, OneNote, Converged Auth. flow support, OneDrive Files and Outlook.
For developers, what used to be 50+ lines of code are now cut to five

Microsoft Graph is basically a gateway for devs to access the data living in Microsoft’s cloud. In the Office 365 area alone, you’ll have access to more than 18 million consumer Office 365 subscribers, 60 million commercial 365 monthly active users, more than half a billion people managing their documents and photos in OneDrive and much more.

Developers can get started now for free with an Office 365 developer tenant. Access to the Office 365 APIs and data through Graph will be included in your Office 365 license. This includes all APIs currently available with the general release today. Access to intelligence is paid, and some intelligence features are included in the 365 license and some are licensed separately. Additional capabilities will be added to the Microsoft Graph that may also be licensed separately.

To learn more, head to the link below to get all of the relevant documentation, code samples, SDKs, graph explorer and more. You can start the sign up process by visiting office.com to get access to an Office 365 license. And if you want all of the details, check out the official announcement at the source link attached below.