Microsoft Updates Azure Cellular Apps, Ponders Future
Microsoft introduced a number of updates to its Azure Cellular Apps service and is conducting a survey to solicit suggestions on its future.
Azure Cellular Apps contains numerous sorts of performance, together with creating cloud-based back-ends for cell apps that present knowledge storage, on-line and offline sync, authentication, push notifications and extra.
A current improve (to v4.2) to the service’s consumer libraries up to date core platforms and moved to help .NET Customary, so it now works for:
- Android 6.0 (API degree 23 or larger)
- iOS 10 or larger
- UAP 10.0.16299.Zero or larger
- WPF (.NET Framework 4.6.1 and .NET Core 3.Zero or larger)
The workforce additionally up to date dependencies and allowed for the usage of Xamarin.Necessities for the in-built authentication help inside Xamarin environments.
Nevertheless, the way forward for the service, which was in preview again in 2015, seems to be doubtful because the cell app growth scene has developed drastically since its inception.
“Since writing the Azure Cellular Apps libraries, the event world has modified, particularly because it pertains to the world that Azure Cellular Apps covers,” Microsoft mentioned. “New protocols like gRPC and GraphQL have entered the combo. The cell Web is speedier and extra dependable. New use instances for cell apps require help for various database sorts like NoSQL and Graph databases. It’s time to have a look at the long run, and we want your assist for that.”
That assist is available in collaborating in a “Azure Cellular Apps Future Plans Survey” to solicit suggestions from builders.
“We are going to proceed to help and evolve our Azure Cellular Apps libraries, so keep tuned for extra samples, blogs, and updates on this house!”
The “proceed to … evolve” a part of that final assertion appears to be at odds with the mission’s consumer libraries GitHub website, although, because it states:
“Microsoft is dedicated to completely supporting Azure Cellular Apps, together with help for the newest OS launch, bug fixes, documentation enhancements, and neighborhood PR opinions. Please word that the product workforce is not at present investing in any new characteristic work for Azure Cellular Apps. We extremely respect neighborhood contributions to all areas of Azure Cellular Apps.”
A reader introduced up that seeming contradiction (“We are able to use Azure Cellular Apps and ignore earlier publish the place workforce says no extra options and growth for this product?”) and was answered thusly by Microsoft: “Our present plan is to carry the libraries updated and to research future investments, so your response to the survey is appreciated!”
David Ramel is an editor and author for Converge360.