New kid on the block
Windows Azure, Microsoft’s open and flexible cloud platform for building and developing applications, was recently used for the deployment of all the modules of a new application by Icon, Blockmonster.eu. This new application is a simple and easy-to-use software application for the daily management of resident and commercial condominiums.
Blockmonster.eu creates a virtual version of the community residing in the block or condominium in a way that eases internal communication between residents and makes the management of tasks simpler, more organised and less time-consuming. The software, in fact, features a community which easily shows who owns which apartment, as well as which of the apartments are currently vacant.
Administrators can easily move someone in or change the details of current residents to keep up-to-date with recent changes.
The software also assists administrators in the management of finances for the upkeep of the condominium, allocate the yearly budget, and helps keep an eye on the balance to make sure that forecasts are accurate and that all expenses are covered correctly. Moreover, each resident has full visibility to ensure cost transparency.
Blockmonster.eu makes it easy for a community to interact with one another through a commenting structure. The community section is built to facilitate communication, leaving notices for people who might not always be reachable. The facility of accessing all of these features from anywhere on the web, thanks to the Windows Azure platform, makes the software very convenient and adaptable to the customers’ preferences.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has recently launched the preview release of Windows Azure Mobile Services which will allow app developers to connect Windows 8 apps to a cloud backend hosted in Windows Azure and easily store structured data, authenticate users, and send push notifications.
Subsequent preview releases will extend support to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.