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New revamped Windows Azure released and new Windows Azure SDK v1.7(JUNE 2012)

June 8, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, AppFabric, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Azure SDK, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, Media Services, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, SQL Azure, ToolKits, Visual Studio SDK, VisualStudio, VS11, VS2010, VS2012, WCF, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft has made significant changes to existing Windows Azure to make it more user friendly and customer friendly. The new Windows Azure was officially released in an online event Meet Windows Azure (MeetWindowsAzure.com) , in this event ScottGu(Microsoft VP)  has walked us through the new Windows Azure features.

You can have a quick look at ScottGu’s blog for interesting features available in new Windows Azure.

Visit http://www.windowsazure.com to have a quick look at the features of new Windows Azure website.

Development Tools and How to’s for different programming languages

You can download necessary tools for development at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/downloads/

Recommend reading Phani Kumar’s blog on Windows Azure http://allthingsazure.com/ ,  is a good repository of latest information on Windows Azure.

That’s all for now.

 

Microsoft announces Windows Azure Media Services

April 18, 2012 .NET, All, Azure, Cloud Services, Media Services, Microsoft, Windows Phone, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft announced new cloud based media services (called as Windows Azure Media Services)and guidance to better enable content providers and customers to tap into the power of cloud computing, at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2012 conference.

Windows Azure Media Services is a cloud-based PaaS solution that enables you to efficiently build and deliver media solutions to customers. It offers a bunch of ready-to-use services that enable the fast ingestion, encoding, format-conversion, storage, content protection, and streaming (both live and on-demand) of video. It also integrates and exposes services provided by industry leading partners – enabling an incredibly deep media stack of functionality that you can leverage.

The Windows Azure Media Services ecosystem features several media partners that integrate their technologies for customers to use in their own media solutions. These include high-speed transfers from Aspera; content encoding from Digital Rapids, ATEME and Dolby Laboratories; content security from BuyDRM and Civolution; and video-on-demand streaming from Wowza Media Systems. In addition, Windows Azure Media Services enables full-service media companies such as iStreamPlanet Co. and Movideo Pty. Ltd. to host and offer complete workflow solutions to customers.

Windows Azure Media Services will also support an entire ecosystem of connected devices. With support for Microsoft Smooth Streaming, HTTP Live Streaming and Flash media formats, Windows Azure Media Services will enable customers to reach almost any connected device, from Xbox 360, Windows Phone and Windows-based PCs to non-Microsoft platforms such as smart TVs, set-top boxes, MacOS, iOS and Android.

For more – read the announcement by Scott Guthrie from Microsoft 

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2012/04/16/announcing-windows-azure-media-services.aspx

Other source of information

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Cloud-Computing/Microsoft-Delivers-Windows-Azure-Media-Services-228566/

Windows Azure & Cloud9 IDE for Node.js

January 25, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, Azure, Cloud Computing, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Windowz Azure No comments

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Cloud9 IDE offers a cross-platform, browser-based development environment for Node.js. It is one of the de-facto tools for Node developers today. Cloud9 runs completely in the browser, and it’s available to developers working on any OS. In the second part of his keynote, Scott demonstrated using Cloud9 IDE on a Mac to build and deploy an application to Azure.

With Cloud9 IDE you can easily create a new Node application, connect it to your Windows Azure account, and deploy. Cloud9 makes it easier for you by packaging up source, creating your hosted service, and publishing the package. It supports publishing to Staging and Production and offers Windows Azure portal integration. Combining that with Cloud9’s integration with distributed version control providers like GitHub and BitBucket offers a fantastic experience!

 

Below you can see a screenshot of the new Cloud9 experience.

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This content is referenced from http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2012/01/24/windows-azure-and-cloud9-ide-at-node-summit.aspx 

Read more about CloudIDE through below links

http://cloud9ide.posterous.com/windows-azure-on-cloud9 

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/interoperability/archive/2012/01/24/microsoft-at-node-summit.aspx

Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games

January 10, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, Azure, Gaming, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, ToolKits, VisualStudio, VS2010, Windowz Azure No comments

Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games

Image Courtesy: http://watgames.codeplex.com/ 

The Windows Azure Toolkit(WAT) for Social Games is a set of guidance, samples, and tools that helps developers quickly get started building a casual or social game on Windows Azure.

You can use use WAT for building Scalable Social gaming applications that utilizes the Power of Cloud – Windows Azure.

WAT for Social Games having the following features for Quickly building a Social Gaming application.

  • a set of Ready to use Architecture
    • Starting a Game
    • Playing a Game
    • Game Logic
    • Friends, Invites, and Notifications
    • Leaderboard
  • a set of Ready to use Server APIs
    • Authentication Service
    • Event Service
    • Game Service
    • User Service
    • Game Queue Blob
    • Game Blob
  • It also include a ready use Template for Building a Social Gaming application.
  • Source code of the Sample Game www.tankster.net , built using WAT for Social Games.

Download the latest release of the Toolkit here.

You can look through the following links for more information

http://watgames.codeplex.com/documentation

 

Informative blogs about How Tankster is built?, which will help you in formulate your own logic from the scratch.

Hope this was helpful.

 

Also you can checkout Windows Azure Toolkit’s for other applications.

 

Information Courtesy : DPE(Developer Platform Evangelism) – Microsoft, CodePlex.com

Windows Azure SDK for .NET – November 2011 (Version 1.6)–Released

November 16, 2011 .NET, .NET Framework, All, AppFabric, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Azure Tools, C#.NET, CodeName "Dallas", Frameworks, General, IIS, IIS 7.5, Microsoft, SQL Azure, VB.NET, VisualStudio, VS2010, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft has released latest version of Windows Azure SDK for .NET  – November 2o11 – Version 1.6.

Windows Azure SDK for .NET, which include SDKs, basic tools, and extended tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.

Taken from Akash’s blog on Windows Azure here http://blogs.msdn.com/b/avkashchauhan/archive/2011/11/14/windows-azure-sdk-1-6-is-released.aspx 

Latest Windows Azure SDK 1.6 includes the following new features:

  • Windows Azure Libraries for .NET
    • Improved Service Bus and Caching capabilities and performance.
    • New service management APIs for storage.
  • URL Rewrite 2.0
  • Windows Azure Emulator – November 2011
    • Performance Improvements to compute & storage emulators.
  • Windows Azure Authoring Tools – November 2011
  • Windows Azure SDK 1.6 Build 1.6.41103.1601
  • Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 – November 2011
    • Streamlined publishing: Easily connect your environment to Windows Azure by downloading a publish settings file for your account. You can then configure all aspects of deployments, such as Remote Desktop (RDP), without ever leaving Visual Studio. By default, publish will make use of in-place deployment upgrades for significantly faster application updates.
    • Multiple profiles: Your publish settings, build config, and cloud config choices will be stored in one or more publish profile MSBuild files. This makes it easy for you and your team to quickly change all your environment settings.
    • Team Build: The Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 now offer MSBuild command-line support to package your application and pass in properties. Additionally they can be installed on a lighter-weight build machine without the requirement of Visual Studio being installed.
    • Visual Studio now allows you to make improved in-place updates to deployed services in Windows Azure.
    • Improved robustness of Remote Desktop Connectivity to Windows Azure VMs.
  • Windows Azure SDK for .NET – November 2011
  • ASP.NET MVC3 Tools Update Installer

Official Announcement: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/11/14/updated-windows-azure-sdk-amp-windows-azure-hpc-scheduler-sdk.aspx

DOWNLOADS :

The release includes the following components for download (for diff processor architecture platforms)

WindowsAzureEmulator-x64.exe Download ( Windows Azure Developer Emulator for Windows x64 )

WindowsAzureEmulator-x86.exe Download ( Windows Azure Developer Emulator for Windows x86 )

WindowsAzureLibsForNet-x64.msi Download ( Necessary libraries for .NET Development in Windows X64 )

WindowsAzureLibsForNet-x86.msi Download ( Necessary libraries for .NET Development in Windows x86 )

WindowsAzureSDK-x64.msi Download (Windows Azure SDK – for Win64)

WindowsAzureSDK-x86.msi Download (Windows Azure SDK – for Winx86)

WindowsAzureTools.VS100.exe Download (Windows Azure tools v1.6 for Visual Studio 2010)

also you can install necessary software’s for Windows Azure development using the Web Platform Installer here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=156784

 

Ref Courtesy & More info available at:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/11/14/updated-windows-azure-sdk-amp-windows-azure-hpc-scheduler-sdk.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/avkashchauhan/archive/2011/11/14/windows-azure-sdk-1-6-is-released.aspx 

11/16/2011 Blog Update 1 :  Windows Azure Platform Training Kit also available.

Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – November Update

Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure platform.

11/16/2011 Blog Update 2 : Windows Azure Platform 90DAY Trial

If you are looking forward to try out Windows Azure Trial account. Try this 90 DAY trial offer http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/free-trial/

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 1.5 (September 2011)

September 16, 2011 .NET, .NET Framework, All, AppFabric, Azure, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, General, Microsoft, VisualStudio, VS2008, VS2010, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft has released the latest version of Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 version 1.5(September 2011).

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2010 to enable the creation, configuration, building, debugging, running, packaging and deployment of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure.

Windows Azure™ is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage services to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft® datacenters.

Windows Azure is a flexible platform that supports multiple languages and integrates with your existing on-premises environment. To build applications and services on Windows Azure, developers can use their existing Microsoft Visual Studio® expertise. In addition, Windows Azure supports popular standards, protocols and languages including SOAP, REST, XML, Java, PHP and Ruby. Windows Azure is now commercially available in 41 countries.

To know more about Azure visit http://www.azure.com & http://windows.azure.com

Download the latest Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 v1.5  (VSCloudService.VS100.en-us.msi – 11MB)

To get more information on the downloads and get additional tools downloads visit Microsoft Download Center

Credits to Microsoft