Azure Toolkit

Microsoft has released the Azure Toolkit for Android, providing an SDK and native libraries to support storage and authorization for its Windows Azure cloud-based development platform.  This will give Android developers a way to write applications that use the Windows Azure services, and will lead to more cross-platform apps that use the same data set.  Included with the toolkit is a sample application and unit tests, allowing developers to write and build everything using Eclipse with the standard Android SDK. 

Love it or hate it, Microsoft knows application development.  It also understands that an open platform model and cross-platform applications are not only good for business, but good for the consumer -- giving app developers a way to write an application for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 using well written and supported tools.  Windows Azure offers features that developers may want to explore, and not locking those devs to WP7 only apps is a smart move and a recipe for success. 

Source: Microsoft; Wade Wenger

 

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Microsoft releases the Windows Azure Toolkit for Android

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Hmm, since I have free Azure I might play around w/ this. If I can figure out how to install it. Documentation really sucks :(

"It also understands that an open platform model and cross-platform applications are not only good for business, but good for the consumer..."

This is a bit of bombastic writing. Microsoft doesn't really give a crap what is "good for the consumer". Guess what? Neither does any big corporation. If one their polices or products happens to please a consumer, it is certainly only a means to enhance the corporate bottom-line. If pissing off customers and producing closed crap products produced most profit, they would do that instead.

In my life in business it has always bugged me when company's pretend that customer satisfaction is an intrinsic goal. In reality, it's a means to an end. You want to please customers because pleasing customers is good business, not because you have a big soft heart.

Wow- it almost looks Microsoft wrote something that runs in Eclipse and doesn't require MS-Windows??? Perhaps I am misreading it.