This Toolkit is now deprecated and is now

superseded by Windows Azure Mobile Services

The Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone provided developers with the first iteration of support for building backend services for Windows Phone apps using Windows Azure.  The main areas of feedback we received from mobile developers was that they wanted a turn-key set of services for common functionality such as notifications, auth, and data.   Windows Azure Mobile Services directly reflects this feedback by enabling developers to simply provision, configure, and consume scalable backend services. The downloads for this toolkit will be removed on the week of Feb 1st 2013 and all future improvements will be channeled into Windows Azure Mobile Services rather than this toolkit. 

To get started with Mobile Services, sign up for a Windows Azure account and receive 10 free Mobile Services.


WAT Windows Phone

To watch a screencast on how to get started using ACS, please visit Getting Started with ACS and the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 on Channel 9.

The Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone project template for Visual Studio can generate a project which is fully configured for outsourcing authentication functions to ACS, and configure ACS with some basic settings. You can hit F5 just after creation and the application will be ready to authenticate users from Windows Live ID, Google and Yahoo right out of the box.

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In order to accomplish this, you need to have an active subscription with ACS; furthermore, the project template needs to acquire some information about your ACS namespace.

If you need to create an ACS namespace, please refer to the walkthrough here. Note, you only need to go through the sections “Accessing the AppFabric Portal” and “Service Namespace Creation”; the project template will take care of the rest for you.

The ACS Namespace field expects the unique string you chose as your namespace.

The Management Key can be obtained by navigating to https://{MYNAMESPACE}.accesscontrol.windows.net/v2/mgmt/web/ServiceAccount/ManagementKey/Edit

Substitute {MYNAMESPACE} with your ACS namespace, then click on Symmetric Key and copy the content of the Key field.

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Last edited Jan 21, 2013 at 9:26 PM by nharris, version 11

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