READ ALL ABOUT IT!  Brand new to the Azure platform is Windows Azure Mobile Services. This is a compilation of various resources to get you started ASAP.

Introducing Windows Azure Mobile Services

The Windows Azure Mobile Services preview aims to make it incredibly easy for developers to create turnkey backend cloud service for Windows 8 applications in minutes.  Spend 10 minutes watching the Introduction to Windows Azure Mobile Services by Scott Guthrie.

To summarize you can use Windows Azure Mobile Services to:

  • Create a simple and secure backend service to handle common tasks and free yourself to focus on the front end that your users value.
  • Incorporate structured storage, user authentication and push notification scenarios into your app in minutes.
  • This first public preview is designed specifically for Windows 8.  Future updates will include support for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

More information is also available on Scotts blog Announcing Windows Azure Mobile Services

Pricing

One of the key things that we’ve consistently heard from developers about using Windows Azure with mobile applications is the need for a low cost and simple offer.  The simplest way to describe the pricing for Windows Azure Mobile Services at preview is that it is the same as Windows Azure Websites during preview.

What’s FREE?

  • Run up to 10 Mobile Services for free in a multitenant environment
  • Free with valid Windows Azure Free Trial
    • 1GB SQL Database
    • Unlimited ingress
    • 165MB/day egress
    • Scaling up to dedicated VMs
    • Once Windows Azure Free Trial expires – SQL Database and egress

What do I pay for?

  • Scaling up to dedicated VMs
  • Once Windows Azure Free Trial expires – SQL Database and egress

For more Pricing information please see the pricing calculator

WindowsAzure.com

Today developers can get started with the Mobile Services preview from WindowsAzure.com which has been updated to include dedicated pages for mobile developers to highlight Mobile Services and link out to tutorials and resources that will help developers get started.  The tutorials and resources are provided that support the three key Windows 8 + Windows Azure application scenarios Data, Auth and Push Notifications.  In addition to this the pricing calculator has also been updated for mobile services.

Resources

Use these resources to get yourself up to speed:

Happy Clouding!

 

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