INTRODUCTION TO WINDOWS AZURE MOBILE SERVICES
WINDOWS AZURE has had a brief, yet interesting history. Originally pitched as Microsoft’s new operating system, it was launched to great fanfare. Though its acceptance was not initially overwhelming, the functionality that it offered was of interest in certain areas of IT operation and development. But, more importantly, it continued to grow. Over time, more and more features were added and Microsoft put the infrastructure in a place necessary to support these features.
June 2012 was the real turning point for Windows Azure. A major announcement introduced a number of new and very compelling features. From websites to virtual machines to hybrid networking solutions, the reasons for people to pay attention to Windows Azure increased significantly. And from that moment, Microsoft has not slowed down the pace.
The biggest challenge faced by Windows Azure is now recognition. Many developers are either unaware of the features that are provided, or still relate to it as solely the “operating system” as which it was first released. The purpose of this book (and indeed, the purpose of the Windows Azure series of books that is published by Wiley) is to change that perception. By presenting a soup-to-nuts look at what Windows Azure Mobile Services (WAMS) has to offer, the goal is to provide you with enough information to either start using it immediately, or to put it into your development toolbox.
Windows Azure Mobile Services ...