Harness Power of Windows Azure in Your Windows 8 Metro App

WATWindows8.pngWindows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 helps you create Windows 8 Metro Style applications that can harness the power of Windows Azure.  The idea is to connect your Windows application to data in the cloud.

The toolkit makes makes it easy to send Push Notifications to your Windows 8 client apps from Windows Azure via the Windows Push Notification Service. A video demonstration shows you how, all in about 4 minutes.  See How to Send Push Notifications using the Windows Push Notification Service and Windows Azure on Channel 9.

Windows 8 recently reached the Windows 8 Consumer Preview milestone.  ISVs are downloading the preview and developers are eagerly building/testing new Metro Style apps experiences and sketching out how unique Windows 8 Metro Style apps can add to their portfolios.

The new version of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 helps Azure applications reach Windows 8 and helps Windows developers leverage the power of Azure.  In just minutes, developers can download working code samples that use Windows Azure and the Windows Push Notification Service to send Toast, Tile and Badge notifications to a Windows 8 Metro Style application.

The core features of the toolkit include:

Automated Install that scripts all dependencies.

Project Templates, such as Windows 8 Metro Style app project templates, in both XAML/C# and HTML5/JavaScript with a supporting C# Windows Azure Project for Visual Studio 2010.

NuGet Packages for Push Notifications and the Sample ACS scenarios.  You can find the packages here and full source in the toolkit under /Libraries.

Five App Samples that demonstrate ways Windows 8 Metro Style apps can use Azure-based ACS and Push Notifications

Documentation – Extensive documentation including install, file new project walkthrough, samples and deployment to Windows Azure.

Getting Started with Windows 8

For more information about how you can get started on Windows 8, see Windows 8 Dev Center.

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Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation


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