New Azure Tools Roll Out to Mobile Platforms

Microsoft and Spanish telecom Telefónica today announced a collaboration to bring Telefónica’s new global developer platform, BlueVia, to Microsoft’s 6 million-strong .NET developer community, to drive application innovation and meet growing user demand for new applications and services across multiple devices.

The BlueVia Software Development Kit for .NET offers a range of rich developer tools, including .NET, Silverlight and Visual Studio 2010, enhanced specifically for the design and creation of applications that integrate with Telefónica APIs, such as SMS, advertising, mobile billing and contextual user information, all exposed through the BlueVia platform.

Importantly, Windows Azure is a key component of the SDK, allowing for the creation of Internet-scale applications with no initial investment in infrastructure required. The openness of Windows Azure was also a major attraction for Telefónica — developers with expertise in different programming languages, such as .NET, Java, Ruby and PHP can host their applications on Windows Azure and deploy those apps to Windows Phone 7, Windows 7-based PCs, slates and netbooks, Internet Explorer 9, Xbox 360 and other device platforms.

In related news for developers, Microsoft recently announced the release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7. The new toolkit is designed to help developers build Windows Phone 7 applications that use services running on Windows Azure.

For more information on the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7, read this blog post from Microsoft Technical Evangelist Wade Wegner.

Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog