Today, Microsoft announced updates to Windows Azure Mobile Services which allows developers to take advantage of the cloud to build and deploy modern apps for Windows 8 and iOS.  Whether you are a developer building for the Windows Store, Windows Phone 8, iPhone, or iPad, Mobile Services provides an easy, streamlined process for backend elements like storing structured data, configuring user authentication via Windows Live, Facebook, Twitter, and Google, and incorporating push notifications.

 

Developers will benefit from Windows Azure Mobile Services in the following ways:


  • Rapid Development:
    configure a straightforward and secure backend for Windows 8 and mobile applications in less than five minutes.

  • Create modern mobile app
    with built in support and new added capabilities:
    • Scheduled Scripts: run a server script on a pre-set schedule or on-demand which enables several key scenarios including: 
      • aggregating data from Twitter, RSS feeds, or any external web services
      • executing background code efficiently, such as process/resize images, performing complex calculations, or sending emails
      • schedule sending push notifications to customers to ensure they arrive at the right time of day

    • Command-line support: use the Windows Azure cross platform command line tools to easily create and manage
      mobile services

    • Availability in Europe: create Mobile Services in the North Europe region in addition to the US East and US
      West regions

 

Call to action: Visit WindowsAzure.com
to access Mobile Services either by logging into a current Windows Azure
account or sign up for the free Mobile Services trial. 

 

 Get started with 10 Mobile
Services for FREE

 

Today we are releasing 6 new sample applications that
demonstrate step-by-step how users can use the key functionality available
within Windows Azure Mobile Services from your Windows Store apps.  Each
of these samples is released in both XAML/C# and HTML/JS in the Dev Center for
Windows Store apps MSDN
Code Gallery