Microsoft Open Technologies unveiled their first major offerings in the form of a repository for pre-configured virtual machines that can be quickly deployed to the Windows Azure cloud. The VM Depot is advertised as a place to discover and deploy Azure-friendly virtual machines, and may be Microsoft’s answer to the popular catalog provided for AWS users.
Microsoft recently released several updates for Windows Azure with background job scheduler, addition of North Europe region, mobile support for command line tool and support for SQL Data Sync services.
Windows Azure Mobile Services team announced support for push notifications via APNS and improvements to iOS Objective C SDK.
Microsoft recently revealed new pricing structure for Windows Azure Storage along with several improvements.
Microsoft recently released several enhancements to Windows Azure Management Portal with support for 6 additional languages, database improvements and enhancements for virtual machines and networking including support for operation logs.
Big Data services available from cloud computing vendors such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google are uncovering interesting trends and opportunities.
Microsoft recently released Identity and Access Tool which can be installed from within Visual Studio 2012 and it provides security to ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC applications using advanced techniques.
Microsoft's Satya Nadella opened up day 2 of Build 2012 with a keynote describing the company's vision for the Cloud through Azure and how all developers can benefit from the services that this vision offers-- including traditionally mobile and desktop-centric apps.
Windows Azure product team has released an update to its mobile services suite with support for ios, E-mail, SMS including the ability to make use of Windows Azure Blob, Tables and ServiceBus with your application.
Microsoft has updated the Windows Azure Management Portal with several features such as Service Bus, Database Management, Media Services and Virtual Machine Monitoring. These changes are available to all existing and future subscribers who make use of Windows Azure to deliver cloud computing for their applications.
Steve Marx, founder of Site44.com, has released WazMonkey, a simple version of Netflix’s Chaos Monkey for Azure. It allows developers to test their Azure deployments in much the same manner as Chaos Monkey tests Amazon Web Services. The methodology of testing employed by both WazMonkey and Chaos Monkey randomly injects real life failure scenarios into existing cloud-based software deployments.
The Patterns and Practices team at MSDN recently announced a CQRS Journey Guidance project – the project walks through building a fictional Contoso Conference Management System using DDD, CQRS and Event Sourcing.
In a major event called Meet Windows Azure, Microsoft unveiled a series of significant additions to its cloud platform. These changes improved the Windows Azure story around networking and interoperability, and marked Microsoft’s entrance into the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market.
Windows Azure now supports 4 flavors of Linux and 5 VM sizes. Microsoft embraces Linux in order to see their cloud computing platform adopted, and promises even more support for other OSes and all programming languages.
This week, Microsoft notified its customers that it was re-naming all of the services that comprise the Windows Azure cloud offering. Confusion ensued as some wondered if Microsoft was abandoning the Azure branding, but subsequent information revealed that this change was solely related to customer billing and that the Windows Azure name was staying put.