If you take a look at how aggressively Microsoft has been rolling out support systems for its Windows 10 environment, you get a pretty fair idea about Microsoft’s commitment to bring back all that was lost with Windows 8. Continuing that same aggressive push, the company has now announced a new, Azure app service to help developers deploy cross-platform apps in a speedy manner.

Microsoft’s Azure App service solution integrates the Microsoft Azure Websites, Mobile Services and Biztalk Services into a single service with a common app hosting, runtime and extensibility model, enabling simplified integration with popular consumer and commercial services and on-premises systems, all for one low price.

In short, developers will be able to build, test, deploy and caht among fellow developers, all at he same time, in a seamless manner.

Microsoft is offering the following under its new Azure App service program :

  • Web Apps – Web Apps a makeover of the erstwhile Azure Websites, will provide a robust set of Web app capabilities including support for the most popular Web development frameworks, such as .NET, Java, PHP, Python and more, and full DevOps support through continuous integration with Visual Studio Online, GitHub, Bitbucket and more.
  • Mobile Apps – Mobile Apps provides a rich set of backend capabilities for native Windows, iOS and Android mobile platforms as well as multi-platform environments like Xamarin and Cordova. Mobile apps make it easy to engage users with push notifications, authentication with popular identity providers including Active Directory, and store cloud data including offline sync.
  • Logic Apps – Microsoft’s new Logic Apps offering allows any technical user or developer the ability to automate process execution across popular consumer and commercial services as well as custom APIs on-premises to help solve even tricky integration scenarios with ease. Logic Apps also include Microsoft’s advanced set of Azure BizTalk service capabilities for even the most advanced enterprise integration scenarios.
  • API Apps – Another newly introduced feature, API Apps provide developers the ability to discover, host, and manage APIs including built-in support for enterprise systems such as SAP, Siebel and Oracle and popular services such as Salesforce, Zendesk, Dynamics CRM Online, Office 365 and many others. With API Apps, developers can select from a rich library of existing APIs as well as create their own APIs easily for private or public use.

Microsoft’s Azure App service leverages the power of Azure’s open, easy to use services, to let developers build apps for any device, and any platform, in a simple, integrated developer experience using their language and tools of choice.

Developers can Sign up and get a free trial of App Service at: http://tryappservice.azure.com.


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