Windows Azure Mobile Services now officially supports iOS
In a blog posting, Microsoft VP Scott Guthrie has announced that Windows Azure Mobile Services now officially support iOS applications. The preconfigured services in Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform, which was first introduced at the end of August, are designed to enable app developers to provide client and mobile applications with backend features in the cloud without the need to write their own server code. Initially, the services were only available for use with Windows 8 applications and didn't even cover Windows Phone apps, but the possibility to use the cloud service with Android and iOS mobile operating systems soon became evident.
Other new features of the first Windows Azure Mobile Services update affect users' Facebook, Twitter and Google authentications – user authentication was previously only possible via a Windows Live account. Through new partnerships with SendGrid and Twilio, support for sending emails and SMS messages from within the service has also been added. While the Azure platform for Mobile Services originally only supported standard SQL data storage systems, Microsoft has now added key-value pair data storage options with Azure's Tables feature and BLOBs (Binary Large Objects).