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Windows Azure SDK 1.6 Streamlines Azure Development in Visual Studio

| by Jenni Konrad  Followers on Nov 16, 2011. Estimated reading time: 1 minute |

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Microsoft has released the Windows Azure SDK 1.6, which includes updates to the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Azure Libraries for .NET, in addition to other fixes and performance improvements.

Microsoft’s goal with this update to Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 is to help make it possible for a developer to manage all aspects of application creation and deployment from within Visual Studio, rather than having to create services, manage configuration and multiple environments from the Azure developer portal. Some features of the November release include:

  • Improved In-Place Updates
  • Multiple profile support (publish settings, cloud configuration and build configuration will all be stored in MSBuild files)
  • Ability to create hosted services and Azure storage accounts from within Visual Studio
  • Publishing improvements (developers can use a publish settings file rather than having to connect to the Windows Azure portal)
  • More verbose Activity Logs
  • Streamlined Remote Desktop connectivity (no need to upload a certificate)
  • Ability to use multiple Windows Azure Subscriptions
  • Team Build supports command-line application packaging

In addition to the Visual Studio Tools, the SDK includes updates to the Windows Azure Compute and Storage Emulators and the Windows Azure Libraries for .NET 1.6. Service Bus and caching client libraries have been updated and no longer require separate installation (this was previously known as the Windows Azure AppFabric SDK).

The November release also adds modules for working with the new Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK. According to Microsoft,

The Windows Azure HPC Scheduler includes modules and features that enable you to launch and manage high-performance computing (HPC) applications and other parallel workloads within a Windows Azure service. The scheduler supports parallel computational tasks such as parametric sweeps, Message Passing Interface (MPI) processes, and service-oriented architecture (SOA) requests across your computing resources in Windows Azure.

The entire Windows Azure SDK 1.6 is available for download. The Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 can be obtained separately via the Web Platform Installer.

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