Push Notification Service
We have released our shiny new service to Windows Azure today (a release on Friday…. naughty). It has been a low risk release as the notification and live tile functionality as you all know hasn’t been working for a while.
With this in mind we wanted to get it right and have spent the past few weeks concentrating on implementing site streams from the twitter API to ensure we can provide you with almost instant notifications and live tile updates (phone connectivity depending). I hope you all enjoy the new and improved service. Development and testing has been an enjoyable challenge for myself, Joe and our test lead Samera.
NOTE: You will need to resave your notification settings for each account in your current Birdsong version (latest is v1.7) to take advantage of the new service.
NOTE: If you enable notifications in your current application favorited tweets and retweets will come through. When version 1.8 is released these options will be configurable.
Birdsong v1.8 (Coming soon)
In regards to the next version of the Birdsong client we will be enhancing features for notifications to allow you to enable or disable toast notifications for favorites and retweets when they occur.
The final feature we have also added gives you the opportunity to turn on live in-app updates. This feature will automatically refresh your timelines when you are mentioned or a direct message is sent to you.
As for the technologies we used and how the push notification was redesigned. I shall leave that for another post…..
Have a great weekend, oh and don’t forget to set your do not disturb settings ;o)