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Building a Cloud Service Support Rich Windows Metro Style Apps with Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8

Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 now available allows developers to accelerate development and enable Metro style app with Windows Azure, including notifications. This toolkit has all the tools to make it easy to develop a Windows Azure service and deploy it to your users.

This toolkit includes Visual Studio project templates for a sample Metro style app and a Windows Azure cloud project. “This tool is designed to accelerate development so that developers can start enabling Windows 8 features, such as notifications, for their app with minimal time and experience. Use this toolkit to start building and customizing your own service to deliver rich Metro style apps,” Microsoft stated.

The toolkit includes sample code for Push Notifications as well as documentation on how to use the toolkit. This toolkit will provide developers with on-demand compute, storage, networking, and content delivery capabilities.

As a brief preview to the toolkit check out the video below to see how you can get a jump start using Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 to send Push Notifications with Windows Azure and the Windows Push Notification Service (WNS).

This demonstration uses the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 that includes full end to end scenario for Tile and Badge notifications with toast notifications only a drop down away.

Windows 8 Push Notifications with Windows Azure:

To understand WNS, Windows Azure and Push Notifications watch the in-depth Build Conference Video with Darren Louie and Nick Harris:

Delivering notifications with the Windows Push Notification Service and Windows Azure:

Download Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 v1.1.0 CTP.

For developer focused training material, download the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit or view the online Windows Azure Platform Training Course, and the Project Templates, Samples and Libraries Source Code.