So, you interested in Windows Azure for your iOS-supporting cloud computing needs? Haven’t used it ourselves, but we gather it’s basically the middle choice in convenience vs. flexibility between GAE on the one side and EC2 on the other. (Feel free to correct us if that’s wildly inaccurate.) If so, you’ll want to read this post:
Getting Started with the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS
This first release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS provides an easy and convenient way of accessing Windows Azure storage from iOS-based applications. As with the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 we will continue to bring additional capabilities to the toolkit, such as push notifications, Access Control Service, and more…
“Push notifications”? That’s a particularly interesting one, the lack of that capability being a major drawback to the use of GAE. If they’re talking real honest to goodness APNS service, that could be a pretty compelling reason to cozy up to Microsoft.
… The toolkit works in two ways: the toolkit can be used to access Windows Azure storage directly, or alternatively, can go through a proxy service. The proxy service code is the same code as used in the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 and negates the need for the developer to store the Azure storage credentials locally on the device.
The release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS is a significant milestone, and reinforces my opinion that Windows Azure is a great place to run services for mobile applications…
Well, it certainly looks like an interesting option to keep in mind, anyways. Any direct experience to share, Dear Readers?
h/t : ManiacDev!
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