As Google I/O Approaches, Microsoft Hires A High-Profile Team To Attract Outside Developers
Just before Google I/O, Microsoft is making a big pitch for developers with a high-profile announcement about a new team that will focus on building outside interest in app development on the Azure platform. The group, which will have a base in San Francisco, is part of the Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) group led by Technical Fellow John Shewchuk. As Mary Jo Foley wrote, the new developer team is part of Microsoft’s effort to be a platform provider more so than a software purveyor. Here’s what Shewchuk wrote recently about the effort: We’re building out the team by adding top-notch developers and evangelists from across the industry. Two recent examples: James Whittaker – a known industry disruptor and incredible speaker joins us from Bing where he has been leading the development team making Bing knowledge available programmatically – many people may know him from his viral blog post on why he left Google for Microsoft. And Patrick Chanezon just joined us from ...
Microsoft Adds Android Support To Windows Azure Mobile Services
Last year, Microsoft launched Azure Mobile Services, a cloud backend for mobile applications. But at the time, it only supported Windows 8, and the team then added iOS and Windows Phone 8 support a short while later. Starting today, Android users can also connect their apps to Azure Mobile Services and use the platform to store their structured data, use its user authentication tools and send out push notifications. The Android SDK is now available on GitHub and as Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie notes, the team welcomes community contributions. The SDK was actually developed by the Microsoft Open Technologies team, while the Azure team focused on the push support and the portal integration. To enable push notification to Android apps, developers still have to sign up for Google’s Cloud Messaging service. Developers who are interested in getting started with connecting their Android apps to Azure can find a tutorial here, and Microsoft’s Channel 9 (the company’s long-running video site ...
Microsoft Launches HelpBridge For iOS, Windows Phone And Android, Lets You Alert Friends And Family When Disasters Strike
When a disaster happens, chances are you want to get in touch with your loved ones as soon as possible, either to tell them that you're fine or to make sure they are. To make this easier, Microsoft is launching HelpBridge today, a mobile app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. HelpBridge, which is based on Microsoft's Windows Azure platform, lets you notify your friends and family by SMS, email or a message to your Facebook wall that you are okay when a disaster happens. Those messages can include your location, too.
Microsoft and Xamarin collaborate on Azure Mobile Services
Microsoft has open sourced the SDK for its Azure Mobile Services on GitHub. The company is also partnering with Xamarin to bring the framework to Android and iOS
Microsoft Launches Windows Azure Mobile Services: A Cloud Backend For Windows 8 Apps; iOS, Android & Windows Phone Support To Come
Microsoft announced this morning the addition of a new capability for Windows Azure today called Windows Azure Mobile Services. This will allow developers to add a cloud backend to their Windows 8 application for now, but support for mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS and Android is in development, the company says. Using the platform, developers can store data in the cloud, authenticate users, and send out push notifications to clients.