In an increasingly connected world, the "New Normal" is for applications to integrate with one or more cloud services. Whether you are creating web applications or native client applications, Visual Studio makes it easier to discover and consume these services in your existing applications. This video provides an overview of the options for connecting to services in Visual Studio and walkthrough the experience of connecting an existing application to a service.
Windows Phone 8.1 introduces new mechanisms to allow applications to execute while not in the foreground. A converged Triggers and Background Tasks implementation allows tasks to launch on time, location, push, Bluetooth and system events. Learn how new resource policies affect how and when your application runs in the background and how to use these new feature from Windows XAML and Microsoft Silverlight 8.1 applications.