Posted by Kerry Godes
Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

Windows AzureEarlier this week, Microsoft announced Windows Azure Mobile Services support for the Android platform, furthering the commitment to make it easy to connect client and mobile applications to a scalable cloud backend, regardless of platform.

The Android announcement builds upon the existing support for iOS, Windows Store, and Windows Phone 8 apps. By providing SDKs that support building native apps for a variety of platforms, Windows Azure enables companies to provide a first-class experience - regardless of device.

The Android SDK was developed by Microsoft Open Technologies, and like all Mobile Services SDKs, is open source, available on GitHub under the Apache 2.0 license, and welcomes community contributions.

With the SDK you can connect Android phones or tablets (Android 2.2+) to a cloud backend and deliver push notifications via Google Cloud Messaging. It also allows you to authenticate your users via their Google, Facebook, Twitter, or Microsoft credentials.

For more detail on this news, check out the Interoperability @ Microsoft blog or start a tutorial on the Windows Azure Mobile Services site