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Documentation and sample code downloads for Azure.

You can try Azure for free: choose Mobile App and press Next, then get started with one of three pre-built demos: Todo List, Xamarin CRM, or Field Engineer. Azure App Services features are easy to add to Xamarin apps, including cloud data storage and cross-platform push notifications.

Evolve 2016: Developing Connected Apps Using Azure and Xamarin

Connected Services in Xamarin Studio

The new Connected Services feature of Xamarin Studio helps developers to quickly and easily add Azure functionality to mobile applications from within the IDE. Currently available for testing in the Alpha channel.

Azure App Services

There is a collection of Azure Mobile Apps documentation that guides you through the process of implementing the Azure Mobile Client SDK component. Xamarin also offers an Azure Messaging component to help implement push notifications across platforms.

Configure your apps on the Azure App Services portal to access Mobile Apps, Web APIs, Storage, and much more. Learn about how app services are different and watch in these videos from Microsoft.

Active Directory Authentication

Azure Active Directory can be used to login users in Xamarin apps via the Xamarin.Auth Component. The apps can then access additional services like Office 365.

WebAPI

Microsoft's Web API exposes a REST-like interface that can be easily consumed by Xamarin applications. You can easily spin-up an Azure Website and build a WebAPI-based app to connect to Xamarin apps.

Samples

In addition to the documentation samples, the following complete applications demonstrate various Azure features incorporated into Xamarin apps:

  • Sport - friendly sports-league tracking app that uses data storage & push notifications.
  • Moments - instant photo sharing that uses Azure Storage for images.
  • Xamarin CRM - uses Web API for the back-end.
  • MyShoppe - Azure Mobile Apps.

Xamarin Workbook

If it's not already installed, install the Xamarin Workbooks app first. The workbook file should download automatically, but if it doesn't, just click to start the workbook download manually.