The recently released Windows Azure updates include support for Hadoop service, HTML5/JS, CORS, PhoneGap including Mercurial, Dropbox, CodePlex and Bitbucket deployment integration.
Microsoft has recently released several updates to Windows Azure with support for Android, Active Directory, Application monitoring with HTTP response codes, new five languages including expansion of Azure Store to 22 more countries.
Windows Azure experienced a 9 hour outage on February 22 that affected all users who relied on the storage system, including those using Team Foundation Service. InfoQ examines the details that have emerged surrounding the root causes of the failure.
Microsoft Azure now has an Android SDK including notification push to Android devices. Amazon makes available a Mobile Ads API that can be used to display adds from their network on any Android device in parallel with those from Google AdMob.
Microsoft's guidance on how to deploy a SQL solution in Azure addresses many concerns such as service level agreements, maintenance, and scalability. Additionally, a framework is offered which helps developers make this decision based upon their solution's specific needs.
Besides Java, Jelastic has added PHP to their platform for service hosting providers. This article contains an interview with Dmitry Sotnikov, COO at Jelastic, with more inside information about their PaaS solution.
Windows Azure Store has been refreshed with new add-ons and expanded the availability the availability to 11 countries.
Microsoft recently added an enhancement to Windows Azure Management Portal by releasing Notification Hubs which enables you to broadcast push notifications to thousands of mobile devices using a common API.
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.