Posted On: Jun 12, 2014

We have added the following features to Amazon SNS:

Windows push notifications support. Now, you can use Amazon SNS to send push notifications to Windows Phone devices and Windows 8 desktops. SNS supports the Windows Push Notification Service (WNS) for Windows 8 desktops, and also for Windows Phone 8.1 and higher. Amazon SNS also supports the Microsoft Push Notification Service for older Windows Phone 7 apps.

China Android support with Baidu Cloud Push. Baidu Cloud Push lets you deliver push notifications to Android devices in China via any Android app store, from all AWS Regions except Govcloud (US). Delivering push notifications in China on Android is more complex than other parts of the world. With many different app stores and push services, our customers are now realizing that this is a difficult issue to solve and have asked for additional options. In order to allow app developers to address this large and rapidly growing market and to avoid having to customize their code for every app store, Amazon SNS can now deliver messages to users in China through the Baidu Cloud Push, regardless of the app store that they use.

Message Attributes: Message attributes allow you to provide structured metadata items (such as timestamps, geospatial data, signatures, and identifiers) about the message. Message attributes are optional and separate from, but sent along with, the message body. This information can be used by the receiver of the message to help decide how to handle the message without having to first process the message body. You can use SNS message attributes in conjunction with SQS and mobile push endpoints.

These new features are available now, and you can start using them immediately. To start sending messages today, please visit the SNS Getting Started Guide.