Windows Azure Toolkit for Apple's iOS Devices Released; Android Version Slated for June - Getting Started Webcast

Microsoft has created and released Windows Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS. In addition, Microsoft also is working on an Android version of an Azure toolkit, and expects to deliver it a preview of it in June, 2011.The iOS toolkit can be used for both iPhone and iPad applications developed using Objective-C and XCode. This toolkit […]

Microsoft has created and released Windows Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS. In addition, Microsoft also is working on an Android version of an Azure toolkit, and expects to deliver it a preview of it in June, 2011.

The iOS toolkit can be used for both iPhone and iPad applications developed using Objective-C and XCode. This toolkit contains resources and services designed to make it easier for iOS developers to use Windows Azure. The goal: To "make it easier to target Windows Azure by offering native libraries for non-Microsoft platforms." Yes, believe it or not, that's straight from the Softies' mouths.

The Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS provides an easy and convenient way of accessing Windows Azure storage from iOS-based applications. The toolkit works two different ways: accessing Windows Azure storage directly or through proxy services running in Windows Azure.

This iOS toolkit includes the following pieces:

  • A compiled Objective-C library for working with services running in Windows Azure (e.g. push notification, authN/authZ, and storage)
  • Full source code for the objective-C library (along with Xcode project file)
  • Sample iOS application that demonstrates how to use Windows Azure Storage with full source code
  • Documentation

Microsoft is making the toolkit and all of the source code for the iOS version available via the Github Web-hosting service. Here're the links:

For details on how to get started, see Wade Wegner's post on Getting Started with the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS.

[Source: Windows Azure team blog]