Connecting Windows/Windows Phone Apps to Azure Mobile Service

In my previous post I created Windows and Windows Phone applications using the universal app template, and created and published a Mobile Service, The next step is to connect the apps to the Mobile Service using the Windows Azure Mobile Service NuGet package. In my solution I simply right-click on the solution node and select manage NuGet Packages. Locate the NuGet package by searching for “azure mobile service” and click Install next to the SDK package. Add the SDK to both Windows and Windows Phone projects but not the Service project.


Add a new file to the Shared project, MainPage.shared.cs and replace the MainPage class definition with the following:

public partial class MainPage
    public static MobileServiceClient MobileService = new MobileServiceClient(

    protected async override void OnNavigatedTo(NavigationEventArgs e)

        var items = await MobileService.GetTable<TodoItem>().ToListAsync();

public class TodoItem
    public string Id { get; set; }
    public string Text { get; set; }
    public bool Complete { get; set; }

I can run either the Windows or Windows Phone application and see that the items variable gets populated with the contents of the TodoItems table. Of course we need to switch out this table with one that is more applicable to the property inspector application I’m building but this demonstrates how easily you can retrieve data using the Azure Mobile Service SDK.

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