In August, Microsoft rolled out
, its successor to its Azure mobile toolkits. On October 16, Microsoft refreshed the Azure for Mobile preview with a number of new features, plus support for iPhone and iPad. a preview test build of its Azure for Mobile Services
Azure Mobile Services aims to make it easier for developers to store structured data in the cloud, integrate it with user authentication, and send out updates to clients via push notifications. The Azure Mobile Services preview
, with promises of future support for Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices "soon." started with support for Windows 8
what's new in the updated preview of Azure Mobile Services, as blogged by Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President: iOS support – enabling you to connect iPhone and iPad apps to Mobile Services Facebook, Twitter, and Google authentication support with Mobile Services Blob, Table, Queue, and Service Bus support from within your Mobile Service Sending emails from your Mobile Service (in partnership with SendGrid) Sending SMS messages from your Mobile Service (in partnership with Twilio) Ability to deploy mobile services in the West U.S. region
All of these improvements are now live in production and available to start using immediately, Guthrie noted. More new features, including .NET 4.5 support for
, are Windows Azure Web Sites set to be added to the Azure for Mobile Services preview later this week, Guthrie added.