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Build 2013 Keynote Day 2 Highlights

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 27, 2013

Coverage of Build 2013 continues with the highlights of Day 2's keynote which focused on developers, developers, developers.

Windows Azure Introduces Per Minute Billing and Monetary Credits for MSDN Subscribers

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jun 25, 2013

Microsoft has updated Windows Azure with per minute billing based on actual usage, monetary credit for different levels of MSDN subscribers including the ability to check credit status from within the management portal.

Multi-Factor Authentication For Windows Azure Hosted Apps

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 21, 2013

Microsoft recently announced preview of Multi-Factor Authentication in Windows Azure. This can be enabled for Windows Azure Management portal, Microsoft Online Services such as Office 365, as well as custom applications.

Microsoft To Developers: Our Cloud is Ideal for Application Development and Testing

by Richard Seroter on  Jun 14, 2013

Last week, Microsoft shipped a series of improvements to Windows Azure that were focused on cost control and lower barrier to entry. While they updated their cloud services – including SSL support for Windows Azure Web Sites and introducing a new integration service – Microsoft’s primary updates were targeted directly at developers who are considering the cloud for their dev and test environments.

Windows Azure Service Bus Gets Better Interoperability With AMQP

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 10, 2013

Microsoft recently announced general availability of AMQP support for Windows Azure Service Bus. The feature has been in preview for about six months now and allows interoperability between applications built on various technologies and different operating systems.

Windows Azure Service Bus Client SDK with Task Based Asynchronous API

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  May 30, 2013

The recently released Windows Azure Service Bus Client SDK provides support for task based versions of all asynchronous APIs in addition to performance improvements.

Windows Azure SDK 2.0 Adds New PowerShell cmdlets with Enhancements for Storage and Service Bus

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  May 20, 2013

Windows Azure SDK 2.0 provides numerous enhancements for websites, cloud services, storage, service bus including new PowerShell cmdlets for automating the management of Azure based sites.

WebMatrix 3 Adds Windows Azure Integration, Remote Editing, Git and TFS Source Control Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  May 13, 2013

Microsoft WebMatrix 3 provides an ability for the developers to create and manage Windows Azure based websites including support for remote editing, Git and TFS source control.

Microsoft Refreshed Windows Azure with Point-to-Site, Dynamic DNS, Remote PowerShell and Ruby SDK

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  May 06, 2013

The recently released update to Windows Azure includes improvements to virtual networks, virtual machines, cloud services, Linux SSH support, remote powershell in addition to a new SDK for Ruby developed in association with AppFog.

Windows Azure Adds Iaas, Virtual Machine, Virtual Network and Hourly Billing Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 29, 2013 2

Windows Azure has been updated with support for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Windows and Linux virtual machine images, virtual networks with persistent private IPs, increased OS Size including hourly billing mechanism for SQL Server and BizTalk Server virtual machine images.

Microsoft Offers Module to Scale Out Real-time Node.js Applications

by Richard Seroter on  Apr 22, 2013

A new open-source contribution from Microsoft uses the Windows Azure Service Bus to provide scale out support for real-time Node.js applications. This module, called socket.io-servicebus, connects multiple servers running the popular Socket.IO module. This contribution is yet another example of Microsoft embracing Node.js and integrating it with Microsoft products and services.

Database Lifecycle Management Guidance Updated by Microsoft

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 22, 2013

Microsoft recently updated database lifecycle management guidance page with SQL Server DLM diagram along with curated resources for SQL Server Data Tools, SQL Server Management Studio and Windows Azure SQL Database.

Windows Azure Adds Active Directory, New Backup Service, Monitoring and Log Improvements

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 15, 2013

Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows Azure Active Directory, new backup service with support for incremental backups including several monitoring and log improvements.

Microsoft Office Developer Tools - Search Configuration Template, App Validation and Azure Debugging

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 08, 2013

The recently released Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 provides a new search configuration project template, ability to validate apps during the submission process and Windows Azure debugging.

Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.0 Adds IntelliSense, Virtualenv and Windows Azure Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 01, 2013

Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.0 alpha release includes support for Intellisense, Virtualenv, Windows Azure, Cloud Service, Web Sites and Client Libraries.

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