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TechEd 2011: Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 v1.2 with Support for ACS Released

Microsoft just few hours back announced the release of new Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7, with support for ACS. V1.2 have some really important and valuable additions to the toolkit:

  • Support and tooling for the Access Control Service 2.0
  • Support for Windows Azure Storage Queues
  • Updated UI/UX for the management web application

You can already see the bits in action from the stage of the TechEd keynote — nonetheless — from where a very elegant Drew Robbins is demonstrating Fabrikam Fiber, a really cool scenario scenario which integrates Windows Azure (storage, compute, Windows Azure Connect, Traffic Manager), Windows Phone 7 (featuring a lot of dev tools features coming in Mango!) and, or course, the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service.


The scenario demonstrated uses the next evolution of the toolkit, where the integration with ADFS2 will make user provisioning no longer necessary. If you want to enable your users to sign in the application using their Active Directory accounts, you can go directly to the ACS namespace you are using and add you AD (assuming you have ADFS2 deployed) as an identity provider.

Note: Right now the toolkit bits are still handling access at the account level, which means that your users will need to go through the same sign-up step you have for users coming from social providers; however this does not subtract anything to the joy of being able to reuse your domain credentials on a device, instead of having to memorize yet another password. In the future the integration will be even more seamless: think claim mapping rules, along the lines of what we’ve done for integrating ADFS2 with Umbraco, explains Vittorio

Watch the Getting Started with the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 video:

Using the new feature is super straightforward: you can see that by yourself in the quickstart video in which you are walk through the simplest ACS configuration:

You can download the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 v1.2 here.

[Source: Wade Wegner]

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