Posted by Kerry Godes
Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

The proliferation of tablets and smartphones, especially as ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) programs are established at companies worldwide, means that employees have the flexibility to work on projects wherever they choose – office, home, or in between. The evolution of the cloud is enabling employees to have their essential applications available on demand, across their favorite devices.


With Windows Azure Mobile Services, we’ve made connecting your client and mobile applications to a scalable cloud backend incredibility easy. Since the preview release this summer, we’ve added a number of updates to extend cross-platform support and third party interoperability, including support for connecting iOS devices to Windows Azure Mobile Services, authentication options for Google, Twitter and Facebook, and more.


 
The native iOS libraries are ready for download on GitHub, under the same open source (Apache 2.0) license as the rest of the Windows Azure SDK. Developers can create brand new apps for iOS (including iPhones and iPads) or port existing iOS apps to Windows Azure Mobile Services in minutes.
 
Check out the official Windows Azure blog for complete details on all of the capabilities included in the Mobile Services update. Let us know in the comments if you’ve already checked out the new features, and what else you’d like to see added down the line. [Hint: stay tuned for updates on Android support!]