A "Connected App" is an application that can connect to salesforce.com over Identity and Data APIs. Connected Apps use the standard OAuth 2.0 protocol to authenticate, provide Single Sign-On, and acquire access tokens for use with Salesforce APIs. In addition to the standard OAuth capabilities supported by the existing Remote Apps feature (which Connected Apps is designed to replace), Connected Apps add additional levels of control, allowing administrators explicit control over who can use the application, and various security policies to be enforced by the application.
Getting Started with Connected Apps
Look for Connected Apps in your development environment by going to Setup > Create > Apps. This will present a screen similar to that shown in Figure 1.
Connected Apps is located below the standard Apps pane. Click New next to Connected Apps, and create your Connected App.
Note: The Connected Apps feature is currently available through a pilot program and is enabled by default for newly created Dev orgs. Connected Apps will reach general availability as of the Summer '13 release. For information on enabling it for your organization, contact your salesforce.com representative. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and might not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase our services should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available.