What's new in Azure Mobile Services 1.6.4247

These are the new features enabled this week:

  • New table format: string id, system properties, conditional retrieval / updates.
    • Check out this post with more information on those changes, and this tutorial for handling database write conflicts.
  • Add new columns to a table directly from the portal
    • Instead of having to submit a request and use dynamic schema to add new columns to your tables, it can now be done directly in the portal. Check this post for more details.
  • Windows Azure Active Directory authentication [preview]
    • In addition to the existing providers (Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter), you can now use the Azure Active Directory.┬áIf you are an enterprise developer interested in using the Windows Azure Active Directory support in Mobile Services, please contact us at mobileservices@microsoft.com to sign-up for the private preview.
  • Support for additional login scopes with Facebook, Google and Microsoft [preview]
    • You can now set custom scopes required in the web-based login by using special app settings in the "configure" tab of your mobile service. The scopes are specified as space-separated values in the keys "MS_FacebookScope", "MS_GoogleScope" and "MS_MicrosoftScope" for Facebook, Google and Microsoft accounts respectively.

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