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…

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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…

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Check for expired Azure Mobile Services authentication tokens

When Microsoft Azure Mobile Services was first released, we only had basic guidance for authentication—basically just how to use the LoginAsync function. One of our customers had an app (let’s call it a “current events” app) that required authentication, and they were having trouble when an event occurred and lots of users would hit the…

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Send push notifications to authenticated PhoneGap users

Let me start out by letting folks know that feedback from my blog post Push Notifications to PhoneGap Apps using Notification Hubs Integration was so positive that the Mobile Services team has added push support to the official HTML/JavaScript client. This means that you can now register for push notifications using the Push object on…

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Windows Azure Mobile Services—Now We Are Getting Somewhere

The Windows Azure team just enabled a whole set of new features and functionalities for the still-in-preview Mobile Services offering. You can read ScottGu’s blog post with the full details (there is a lot), but I wanted to specifically highlight two huge features that are (IMHO) really going to drive the adoption of Mobile Services…

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OData Improvements for Windows Phone 7.5 (“Mango”)…

…in the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 The OData team has made many significant improvements to the client library for Windows  Phone 7.5 (formerly code-named “Mango”), which now ships in the Windows Phone SDK 7.1. Frankly, there is so much awesome new functionality in this release that I couldn’t get all the OData improvement details into…

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OData Quickstart for Windows Phone Updated—Now with VB!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it here on my blog yet or not, but the forthcoming release of Windows Phone 7.5 (“Mango”) and the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 features huge improvements for consuming OData feeds. This means that, in Mango, OData support on phone is basically equivalent to Silverlight 4 and .NET Framework 4…

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