Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8

by on March 14, 2012

The refreshed Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 has been released. It makes it easy for developers to create Windows Metro Style applications that can harness the power of Windows Azure.

The toolkit includes working code samples, including one that uses Windows Azure and the Windows Push Notification Service to send Toast, Tile and Badge notifications to a Windows 8 Metro Style application.

Nick Harris and Wade Wegner have recorded a 4 minute video demonstration:

The core features of the toolkit include:

  • Automated Install that scripts all dependencies.
  • Project Templates, such as Windows 8 Metro Style app project templates, in both XAML/C# and HTML5/JavaScript with a supporting C# Windows Azure Project for Visual Studio 2010.
  • NuGet Packages for Push Notifications and the Sample ACS scenarios. You can find the packages here and full source in the toolkit under /Libraries.
  • Five App Samples that demonstrate ways Windows 8 Metro Style apps can use Azure-based ACS and Push Notifications
  • Documentation – Extensive documentation including install, file new project walkthrough, samples and deployment to Windows Azure.

Download it today. And if you have an MSDN subscription, be sure to activate your Azure benefits to get free compute and storage resources each month.