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There is tremendous market opportunity in building mobile applications, targeting numerous mobile platforms can be complex, costly and frustrating for enterprise. These new Windows Azure Toolkits make it easier, and less expensive, for developers to extend their applications across major computing platforms. Now “Microsoft Releases the Windows Azure Toolkit for Android“.
SoftElegance is fully agree with the idea: “Using the toolkits, developers can use the cloud to accelerate the creation of applications on the major mobile platforms. Companies are taking advantage to create a unified approach to cloud-to-mobile user experience.”
The best “get started” guide is posted by Wade Wegner on his blogpost “Windows Azure Toolkits for Devices – Now With Android!“. Cloud computing provides a significant opportunity for mobile device developers, as it gives you the ability to write applications that target the same services and capabilities regardless of the device platform, he said.
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Microsoft’s Windows Azure Platform is a cloud computing platform offering that “provides a wide range of Internet services that can be consumed from both on-premises environments or the Internet”. That’s what the official Azure’s website says. And we see that Microsoft is moving to cloud computing like Google Apps, Amazon, SalesForce and some other already does. Azure is a PaaS or “Platform as a Service” and it used to be free to use but now (starts from June 28 there is some additional charges for computing time, storage and data transferring).
Some words about cloud computing. Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information, are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like the electricity grid. Cloud computing layers could describe this architecture the best and shows the difference from client-server (client – application server – server) architecture. Cloud computing layers are: