Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 is released

Cloud services and phone applications are a powerful
combination, and our goal is to make it as easy as we can for you to use
Windows Azure to provide storage and services for your phone applications.
Everything we’ve built in this toolkit is to simplify the experience and
optimize your time. For example, rather than require you to learn any new
semantics around storage or put in the time to build out membership services to
provide authentication and authorization for your phone applications, we’ve
done it for you and provide you with a sample demonstrating the necessary


The toolkit contains the following pieces:

Binaries – These are libraries
we’ve written that you can use in your Windows Phone 7 applications to make it
easier to work with Windows Azure (e.g. a full storage client library for blobs
and tables). You can literally add these libraries to your existing Windows
Phone 7 applications and immediate start leveraging services such as Windows
Azure storage.

Docs – We’ve provided
documentation that covers setup and configuration, a review of the toolkit
content, getting started, and some troubleshooting tips.

Dependency Checker – As you’ve
come to expect and love, we provide a full dependency checker to ensure that
you have all the bits required in order to successfully use the toolkit.

Project Templates – We have built
VSIX (which is the unit of deployment for a Visual Studio 2010 Extension) files
that create project templates that make it easy for you to build brand new

Samples – We have a sample
application that fully leverages the toolkit, both available in C# and VB.NET.
The sample application is also built into one of the two project templates
created by the toolkit.


What you can do immediately:

Create a Cloud Project for Windows
Phone 7 and include desired Role

Connect to Azure Storage very
quickly from the application

Use WCF endpoints for communication
with other components


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