Microsoft made available for download a near-final version of its Windows Azure toolkit for Android device developers as of August 31.
The newly release Azure toolkit for Android is built in Eclipse and uses the Android software development kit (SDK), Microsoft Technical Evangelist Wade Wegner said. The library itself fully covers the Windows Azure storage application programming interfaces.
The updates for Windows Phone include support for SQL Azure in the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone, full support for Windows Azure Toolkits for Visual Studio 1.4 and Windows Developer Phone Tools 7.1 RC.
This is the toolkit Microsoft officials said would be available in preview form as of June. The download site describes the release out today as version 0.8.
"In many ways, cloud computing levels the playing field. Any developer can tap into a larger - and virtually limitless - pool of resources from which to pull. For developers, Windows Azure - Microsoft's cloud-computing platform - is a great compliment to mobile application development. Simply put, Windows Azure allows you to focus on your application. You don't have to worry about managing or monitoring the operating system, just as you don't have to worry about the hardware our network. As a managed service, Windows Azure takes care of things items for you."
"The numbering sequence (0.8) is not consequential at the moment," a Microsoft spokesperson said "The only reason the toolkit is v0.8 is because;
- we haven't yet built out the documentation for the API, and
- the sample application (while fully functional) is still an extremely basic application and not as functional as the iOS/WP equivalents."
In addition, Microsof also delivered on August 31 an updated version of:
Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone (v1.3.0)
Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS (v1.2.1)
The Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone (v1.3.0) includes support for SQL Azure as a membership provider and data source using OData; support for the Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Release Candidate and more. The updated Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS (v1.2.1) can be used for both iPhone and iPad applications developed using Objective-C and XCode.
These Azure toolkits include native libraries, templates, sample applications and unit tests.
You can download Windows Azure Toolkit for Android version 0.8 from the GitHub.
Watch the video "Windows Azure Toolkit for Devices: Now With Android!" - Wade Wegner: