New UWP quickstart project, Mobile Services transition begins, and other Azure Mobile news

It’s been a while since I have been able to post about the goings on with Azure Mobile Apps and other related Azure mobile goodies. (I’ve also been working on docs for the new Azure Functions offering, which is now in preview, so there’s that.) Anyway, here’s some of what’s exciting on Azure, at least…


Adding push notification tags from the client–Node.js backend version

In my previous post, I showed how you can enable an Azure Mobile Apps client to add tags to a push notification registration using the installation ID available on the client. While fairly popular, my original post was only for a .NET backend mobile app, and I got lots of requests to show an equivalent…


Microsoft acquires Xamarin, plus Node.js backend GA, Cordova client beta, file upload, and more Mobile Apps goodness…

Lots of great stuff has been happening with Azure Mobile Apps and around Microsoft in the past month or so, particularly around new content and samples. Note that Mobile Apps samples are now beginning to show-up in the Azure Samples gallery. Remember to keep an eye on both the Azure blog and App Service updates…….


Use the Deploy to Azure Button for your Parse Migration

I was thrilled to have participated in assembling the recent guidance to help Parse-hosted app developers move their cloud code and data to Azure, including authoring the very popular post Azure welcomes Parse developers. This guidance was the culmination, starting with the shocking announcement about Facebook’s shutting-down Parse, of a wild weekend working with some…


Adding push notification tags from an Azure Mobile Apps client

When a mobile app registers for push notifications using an Azure App Service Mobile Apps backend, there are two default tags that can get added to the registration in Azure Notification Hubs: the installation ID, which is unique to the app on a given device, and the user ID, which is only added when the…


How to clone a JavaScript backend Mobile Service

The Azure Mobile folks state very clearly that you shouldn’t use a production instance of Azure Mobile Services to test out new functionality, which makes sense. However, this brings up an interesting question from a customer: “How do I create a clone of my existing mobile service to do testing and development?” A JavaScript backend…


Updates to My Cordova Push Sample and new Cordova Push Plugin

UPDATE (11/3/2015): The updates to my Cordova push notification sample has been merged into the source fork of the Mobile Services samples GitHub repo. As folks may remember, I published a Cordova push notifications sample for Azure to support my MSDN Magazine article: Microsoft Azure – Push Notifications to Cordova Apps with Microsoft Azure. It…


Making Sense of Cordova Push Notification Options and APIs

Update: (2/6/2016) Updated Mobile Apps support now that a Cordova client is available. Updated: (10/27/15) Corrected my assessment of the new push plugin. You can read more about this plugin in my post Updates to My Cordova Push Sample and new Cordova Push Plugin. Updated: (10/20/15) Added more information on sending push notifications from various backends….


New Azure Mobile samples and tutorials

I’m excited to announce that we have some interesting new content and samples published to support Azure Mobile Services and Azure App Service Mobile Apps. Most of this new content was asked for by customers, which makes it even more fun to share this. Custom authentication sample I was challenged by a customer via Twitter…


Sign-in to Mobile Services using custom authentication from a Windows client

UPDATE: I have published a Visual Studio solution that is a .NET backend mobile service with custom authentication plus a universal Windows 8.1 app project. (I cheated a bit with the registration because I didn’t want to create a whole new UI, but it should be enough to point you in the right direction for Windows…