An updated version 1.2 of Windows Azure toolkit for iOS is launched on July 25. The Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS provides an easy and convenient way to leverage services within the Windows Azure Platform from an iPhone or iPad.
Included in the latest update is support for the Azure Access Control Service (ACS). According to a blog post by Wade Wegner, an Azure Technical Evangelist, this ACS support "makes it extremely easy for an Objective-C and iOS developer to leverage ACS to provide identity federation to existing identity providers (such as Live ID, Facebook, Yahoo!, Google, and ADFS," or Active Directory Federation Services."
Additionally, using the new Cloud Ready for Packages & the Configuration Tool, setting up and deploying your iOS application with ACS is easy and straightforward.
In the video below, Vittorio Bertocci--Principal Program Manager at Microsoft--explains how to use the latest release to leverage the Access Control Service from within an iOS application.
Other new features in the 1.2 iOS toolkit include:
- A number of "Cloud Ready Packages" that can be deployed to Azure, eliminating the need for developers to run Windows and/or Visual Studio to create the package being deployed to Microsoft's cloud OS
- A polished sample app that now supports ACS
- A native OS X application that can both create the .CSCFG file with the correct values and configure the Access Control Service