Microsoft Azure and Xamarin
Connected Services in Visual Studio for Mac
The new Connected Services feature of Visual Studio for Mac 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. Xamarin also offers an Azure Messaging NuGet packages for iOS and Android to help implement push notifications across platforms.
Active Directory Authentication
Azure Active Directory can be used to login users to Xamarin apps. The apps can then access additional services like Office 365.
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.
This tutorial introduces how to integrate REST, WCF and SOAP web service technologies with Xamarin mobile applications. It examines various service implementations, evaluates available tools and libraries to integrate them, and provides sample patterns for consuming service data. Finally, it provides a basic overview of creating a RESTful web service for consumption with a Xamarin mobile application.
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.
Xamarin CRM – uses Web API for the back-end.
MyShoppe - Azure Mobile Apps.
MyDriving – Azure + IoT sample from Build 2016.