Microsoft releases Windows Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS; Android version slated for June

Microsoft releases Windows Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS; Android version slated for June

Summary: On the heels of its release of a first version of Windows Azure toolkit for Windows Phone, Microsoft has created a comparable Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS -- and has another in the works for Android.

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On the heels of its release of a first version of Windows Azure toolkit for Windows Phone, Microsoft has created a comparable Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS -- and has another in the works for Android.

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

https://github.com/microsoft-dpe/watoolkitios-lib

https://github.com/microsoft-dpe/watoolkitios-samples

https://github.com/microsoft-dpe/watoolkitios-doc

Microsoft also is working on an Android version of an Azure toolkit, and expects to deliver it a preview of it in June, 2011, according to a May 9 blog post on the Official Microsoft Blog.

The new 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.

Topics: Mobile OS, Apple, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • In the cloud, monopolies will be much worse

    MS goal is to make Windows obsolete...by getting everyone on Azure. If they can transition the world to their cloud, the lock-in will be even greater than it ever was on the desktop.
    x I'm tc
    • Seems to be working for Apple

      @jdakula
      and Google, so why not everyone else?
      Bill Pharaoh
      • MS is well ahead of the cloud race.

        @Bill Pharaoh
        All apple and to a lesser extent google is touting are their music in the cloud service. Its not anywhere close to what azure does. Apple is about as close to MS's cloud as MS is to iphone reach. To date, I have not heard apple offering any kind of db or dev service on the cloud.

        Makes sense for MS on many levels. If win phone 7 doesn't work, they can at least take over on the development platform because god knows apple's objective C and any tools for it is horrific and lite at best.

        To me could development for mobile phones makes sense. Right now there is way too much hardware in the phone which makes it more and more of a battery hog. Most of what its doing locally should be done remotely and by taking away more of those tasks, phones can have less built in action packed features. Its also a sign that maybe we can stop with this local phone app nonsense. Most app should not even be installed on the phone. Thats just a backwards way of development. This isn't 1985 anymore. Enough with the client/server mentality.
        rengek
      • This is the ignorance that leads to "the cloud."

        "Right now there is way too much hardware in the phone which makes it more and more of a battery hog."<br><br>OK, wrong. What drains the battery is the radio equipment that is used to communicate. That's why your battery lasts for days in stand-by mode, but only for hours while talking. That's why adding Wi-Fi kills the battery even faster.<br><br>With storage getting cheaper all the time, why on earth would you want to transmit all of your data to third-party servers and then have to PAY to get it back? Is this not the definition of stupidity? And instead of playing your music from a file on a flash card, you want to re-download it using the radio circuitry in your phone, consuming not only battery power but also your monthly data allowance?<br><br>UNBELIEVABLE. This is why consumers are getting boned harder all the time: THEY VOLUNTEER FOR IT.
        dgurney
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS; Android version slated for June

      @jdakula
      That's pretty much what everyone is trying to do, they want to keep everyone on their own platform.
      LoverockDavidson
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS; Android version slated for June

      @jdakula - Wow chick little does live ... phew!
      US Is ! Europe-ThankGod!
    • Lock-in is a natural business behaviour.

      @jdakula : overtime, companies have controlled certain markets which, although theoretically bad, can be practically good as it can build coherent standards.

      One known example (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoebus_cartel">the Phoebus cartel</a>) of the 30's led to the standardization of the light bulb and the Edison screw. But technology rarely keeps those structures intact and even changes the mere concept of lock-in.

      With that said, the depth and breath of the Microsoft Windows lock-in (akin to IBM Mainframe grab) hardly will repeat on "the cloud".

      Today's, there's no clear player. Myth says that Microsoft wants to obsolete Windows to move everyone to the cloud. Nonsense. Azure's is MS attempt to crack an Amazon, Salesforce and EMC<sup>2</sup> dominated space. Google, Apple and MS are just minor players.

      The problem's, that the cloud's not as visible as the desktop so the infrastructure interaction is much more stealth and much more amiable to instant changes based on SLAs and market forces.

      Trust me, you're not gonna recognize the key players of the 21st century as they have names like Accenture, ACS, Wipro and Infosys. The underlying hardware and software of the cloud will only matter for those technically savvy, not for the rest of us.
      cosuna
    • That's probably true ...

      @jdakula. We have been moving toward a services-based economy for nearly twenty years and the move is accellerating. The iTune's walled garden is the most obvious example because it is tied to particular hardware.

      This latest round started with the Kindle but with the explosion of tablet devices and smart phones based upon the tablet OS (iOS and Android) a small # of vendors will be competing for your service dollars.
      M Wagner
    • RE: Ignorance that is the cloud

      @dgurney
      That is the most compelling and well thought argument against the cloud that I've ever read. Kudos.
      PolymorphicNinja
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS; Android version slated for June

      @jdakula
      This toolkit enables apps on other platforms to access resources that are located in Azure. In other words, when your company starts storing data in Azure, your iPhone app will no trouble reaching it. (Actually, iPhone can reach it already... just takes more work without a toolkit.)
      scH4MMER
  • Azure &quot;tookit&quot;

    Had to think for a second - figure out what a "tookit" was. Didn't think it was a typo at first since it was spelled that way 4 times in the post...
    jdcheng
    • THanks

      Thanks for letting me know about my consistent typo. Maybe my "l" stopped working this morning. Fixed. MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS; Android version slated for June

      @jdcheng

      "metookit"?
      alsobannedfromzdnet
  • make sense, most iPhone users are not iMac/MacBook users

    and may more Windows users own an iPhone rather than a WM7 phone.

    Apple likes to promote their products like a matched set to encourage brand loyality when in reality the iPhone is the only Apple product most iPhone/iPad users own.
    balsover
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS; Android version slated for June

      @balsover
      Oh man... I had an iPhone 4 and did NOT want to fall into that pit. Everything I did cost me another dollar. Same with the iPad (owned the first version). I'll be sticking to the MS OS and it's usage of non-proprietary DLNA and services from now on. Apple is way too closed to ever consider for anyone with a budget.
      TechNickle
      • Clues

        @FuzyBunySlippers<br>1) DLNA Works just fine on Apple hardware<br>2) It is NOT the same thing as AirPlay
        DeusXMachina
  • RE: Microsoft releases Windows Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS; Android version slated for June

    That was weird I thought I had walked into a 1980's TV series. 'Me to K.I.T'. Oh well the underside of that rock was quite comfortable. Just a thought if we are all using the cloud does that mean we lose 'blue sky objectivity'? When the cloud is not accessible or crashes, won't that be a 'Cloud Unaccessible Nought Todo' maybe not as friendly as a BSOD.

    Cloud access would be great, the problem is that the carriers have a problem right now, think of the dire connection speeds you will get if all of the app's were cloud based, or even just 50% were.

    To be honest I must be stuck in the 90's as I use a mobile/smart phone to PHONE OR TEXT and a PC/Laptop to do everything else. Yes I would use my PHONE in an emergency to get online, but I am usually no more than 5 meters away from a PC 99% of my life. Also I like to know I have control over my data not a faceless company.

    The last thing I would like to point out is SECURITY. Now look at SONY, yes all big companies have and will continue to have problems with hackers, but SONY really dropped a bo**ock and so will the next guy. So would you use a product that YOU cannot make 99% secure? I would not trust anyone other than myself (that's why I have three backups hard/soft and external).

    Cloud will be great for those with little slow PC's/lap/note/iPad/smartphones but I for one will not trust these guys with my data. Still we have to doff our hats at MS for being on the edge, good on you guys (for a change).

    Good night guys.
    Horus418
  • RE: Microsoft releases Windows Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS; Android version slated for June

    cloud base computing is not the future so long as ISP's keep pushing data caps
    seascape195@...
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS; Android version slated for June

      @seascape195@...
      Totally agree!
      plonka2000
  • RE: Microsoft releases Windows Azure toolkit for Apple's iOS; Android version slated for June

    Could anyone can say that this type of method computing any ISP's pushing data caps??? http://www.contussupport.com/ecommerce-web-development.php
    webflv