Justin Williams, a long-time iOS developer, went to Build last week:
Build allowed me three days to immerse myself in technologies that I know almost nothing about. I came away impressed with it too. For all its past faults, the New Microsoft is doing things that are on the cutting edge of technology.
Cloud sync has become such an integral factor in our multi-device lives, and Microsoft Azure is growing into a pretty decent cloud platform to build on for those of us who need something more robust than iCloud but who can’t or don’t want to roll their own server.
And there are so many options these days too, Simperium, Parse, Firebase, Dropbox datastore, and Microsoft Azure.