Bringing Windows Azure to more devices

More and more applications that are being built today touch the cloud in some way, shape or form.  It could be as simple as consuming a service or some data that resides on the cloud.  It could be writing parts of the app logic on the cloud.  In a world where we believe in a set of connected experiences across a variety of devices, the cloud plays an integral role.

I have been talking for a while now about Windows Azure as a great back-end for application experiences that span multiple platforms and devices.  Putting data and logic within Azure services means each device application you write has less unique code so you can reach more consumers, faster.

Today, we’re introducing a set of toolkits to further enable developers to build device applications that take advantage of Windows Azure with the Windows Azure Toolkits for Devices.  Windows Azure Toolkits for Devices includes native libraries, samples, and documentation for Windows Phone, iOS, and, coming this summer, Android.


Earlier this year we released Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 to make it easier to build Windows Phone 7 applications that leverage services running in Windows Azure.  We continue to iterate on this, and the next release of the toolkit will be available in the coming weeks at TechEd North America 2011.  You can learn more about the future plans.


Released today, the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS is designed to help developers targeting iOS to use Windows Azure services.  It includes an open source Objective-C library to interface with Windows Azure services, documentation, and a sample application using the library.  You can download the samples and documentation from github, along with the library and its source, or learn more about the details.


  • Windows Azure Toolkit for Android

Android developers will have their own version of the toolkit available in preview form later this summer.


All the toolkits are free and open source. 


Comments (9)

  1. Basant Singh says:

    Being a .Net developer I wish Windows Azure becomes the most valuable platform for developing SaaS. Azure for Android is welcome. Let's make the apps device independent.

  2. Ian says:

    Does the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS come with surport for mono touch?

  3. mj pierce says:

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  4. Wade Wegner says:

    Hi Ian –

    The Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS provides support for Objective-C code with Xcode 4.  We've discussed mono touch, but it's not something we're actively working on.  Please share your ideas & requests, though – we'd appreciate the data.



  5. Chris says:

    There's a simple reason I don't yet use Azure for myself or clients. Cost – if there was a rate/request limited free version I'd use it straight away, then upgrade later. I don't mind if you blitz my app if I don't use it for 6 months so you won't get bogged down with unused free hosting. You know it makes sense!

  6. monotouch says:

    Is there any ported solution available for MonoTouch?

  7. stenlik says:

    Hi everybody,

    Is there a way to configure the Azure kit to use the mobile version of the Facebook login page, not the desktop one? It is unusable on iPhone…

    Any tips are welcomed



  8. toub says:

    STeN: I see that you posted on stackoverflow and got an answer there.  I'm sharing the URL in case others have a similar question:…/windowsazure-acs-toolkitfor-ios-iphone-facebook-identity-provider.

  9. STeN says:

    Hi Stephen,

    Thanks for commenting. We are stuck with this problem 2 weeks already. If we will not find a solution quickly, we are going to use Facebook and other identity provides API directly, since there is none or almost none support on Azure iOS :(((



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