Interested in developing cross platform mobile apps? Have you thought about how to connect your apps in the back end? Your app does not become very powerful without data powering it. Azure Mobile Services is quick and easy way to provide data storage (accessible through REST API calls), Push Notifications, and authentication with Microsoft Accounts. All of this functionality works on each of the tope Mobile Platforms!. We will take a look at the Azure portal as well as the tooling built into Visual Studio giving you, the developer, a couple of different options for setting up your backend and quickly putting you on your way to making your first cross platform mobile app!