Mobile backends with .NET
Azure provides several options for leveraging .NET to host mobile backends that can be used from any mobile platform.
ASP.NET Web API is an open-source framework for building HTTP services and RESTful APIs. You can host a Web API solution on Azure Websites, on Azure Mobile Services using the .NET backend, or even self-hosted in a custom process.
Mobile Services is a hosting environment that is designed especially for mobile apps. When you host your Web API service on Mobile Services, you get the following advantages in addition to data storage:
- Built-in authentication with social providers and Azure Active Directory
- Push notifications to apps using device-specific notification services
- A full set of client libraries that make it easy to access your service from any app
- Built-in logging and diagnostics