Twilio Brings Cloud Communications to Windows Azure Mobile Services

Jun 27, 2013, 14:22 ET from Twilio

SAN FRANCISCO, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Twilio (, the cloud communications company, today announced a renewed strategic relationship with Microsoft to make Twilio's voice and messaging APIs easily available to Windows Azure customers. This includes expanding availability on Windows Azure Mobile Services, which became generally available today at the Microsoft //build/ developer conference. Twilio is present at //build/ and TechEd Europe.


Formally established in May 2012, the relationship between Windows Azure and Twilio has introduced Twilio to tens of thousands of Windows Azure developers, who now will have seamless access to the Twilio API within Windows Azure Mobile Services. Windows Azure Mobile Services allow developers to quickly build dynamic and engaging Windows, iOS and Android apps because the services make it easy to store data in the cloud, authenticate users, and send push notifications. Working with Twilio adds in-app messaging, VoIP calls, mobile app distribution, and more to the feature suite. Developers building Windows, iOS and Android apps will be able use Windows Azure Mobile Services with Twilio today via the new module available through Custom API scripts. 

In step with the Mobile Services GA announcement and tighter technical integration, Twilio is happy to release:

  • A tutorial for consuming Twilio SMS and voice through Windows Azure Mobile Services using the new module.
    This integration allows Windows Azure developers to connect to Twilio and consume SMS and voice services by simply typing require('twilio'). Because they can jump right into the code that powers their innovation instead of writing glue code, developers can save time in development and maintenance.
  • A sample iPad app that allows event organizers to easily capture contact information for volunteers, store it using Windows Azure Mobile Services and enable tap-to-call using Twilio Client to provide Twilio's army of Doers with a glimpse of what's possible with Twilio and Windows Azure.
    Since Twilio has been available with Windows Azure, developers like Dan Wilson and Mark Olschesky, the team behind, have built incredible apps. allows patients to text a local number with their location, and the app replies with information about the nearest health care clinic and suggested transportation methods.
    We're excited to see the mobile apps that result from this integration.
  • A blog post that breaks down the sample iPad app and shows developers how to build their own solution using Windows Azure Web Sites for Node.js, Mobile Services and Twilio.
  • Additional documentation for building Twilio applications in .NET, Node.js, Java, PHP and Python.

Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud platform for developing and deploying web, mobile, and enterprise applications. For developers whose apps require features such as interactive voice response, mobile app distribution via SMS, call automation or two-factor authentication, Twilio's simple REST API delivers a flexible, scalable and reliable way to access global telecommunications networks. By expanding to Windows Azure Mobile Services, Twilio has made it easier than ever for Windows Azure developers to deploy voice and text messaging apps for Windows, iOS, and Android.

"In line with our commitment to offering developers the tools they need to create and bring modern apps to market, we welcome Twilio's API to Windows Azure Mobile Services," said Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President, Windows Azure, Microsoft. "Twilio's voice and messaging APIs with Windows Azure enable developers to create cutting-edge mobile apps quickly and effectively."

"With Windows Azure Mobile Services, Microsoft is providing developers with powerful cloud-based tools for mobile apps," said Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson. "Using our API through the Windows Azure cloud ecosystem, developers can bring their voice and SMS apps to market and scale their businesses faster than ever—we can't wait to see what Windows Azure developers build with Twilio."

About Twilio
Twilio (, the cloud communications company, is reinventing telecom by merging the worlds of cloud computing, web services and telecommunications. Twilio provides a telephony infrastructure web service in the cloud, allowing web developers to integrate phone calls, text messages and IP voice communications into their web, mobile and traditional phone applications. The company is privately held and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.