If you want to connect a scalable cloud backend for your Windows 8 Apps, check out the just announced Windows Azure Mobile Services. Here are some useful links to get started: 1. http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/mobile/ 2. http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2012/08/28/announcing-windows-azure-mobile-services.aspx 3. http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Introduction-to-Windows-Azure-Mobile-Services You can sign up for for the free trial or add Mobile Services preview to your existing subscription. [...]