Azure Mobile Services is a turnkey backend for your mobile and web apps. You get 10 for free. Yes, free. It allows you to easily add database support, authentication, and push notifications to your iOS, Android, Windows, and web apps. This spring, the team released a bunch of new features:

  • Backend services can now be written in .NET languages in addition to JavaScript
  • Offline sync lets you handle scenarios where mobile phones lose cell service. It queues up database operations and synchronizes data when you get back in range.
  • Enterprise apps using Active Directory authentication are now supported

Here's the first in a series of episodes I'm doing on DevRadio on the new features. In this episode, Yavor Georgiev talks about what's new, and then gives a deep dive into the new .NET backend.