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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 

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:


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:


Ref Courtesy & More info available at: 

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

Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – May Update

June 3, 2011 .NET, All, AppFabric, Azure, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, CodeName "Dallas", General, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, SQL Azure, ToolKits No comments

Hey tech world here is the new update for Windows Azure Platform Training Kit.

The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform, including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and the Windows Azure AppFabric.

What is new in May 2011 Update?

The May 2011 update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit contains a few updated hands-on labs. Some of the specific changes with this release of the training kit include:

  • [Updated] Building Windows Azure Application with Cache Service lab updated to the production release of the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service
  • [Updated] Rafiki demo updated to the production release of the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service
  • [Updated] Working with Drives exercise added to the Exploring Windows Azure Storage lab
  • [Updated] Caching Content from Hosted Services exercise added to the Windows Azure Content Delivery Networks lab
  • Applied several minor fixes in content and updated Service Bus labs to the new portal experience

Download Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – May Update (Microsoft Download Center)

Information Courtesy: Microsoft Download Center

Windows Azure Platform

July 15, 2009 .NET, .NET Framework, All, AppFabric, Azure, Cloud Services, CodeName "Dallas", General, Microsoft, SQL Azure, Windowz Azure No comments

What is the Windows Azure Platform? Go Here 

At this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft unveiled the pay-as-you-go pricing for its Windows Azure platform, which includes a cloud services operating system, a Web-based relational database in Microsoft SQL Azure (formerly SQL Services), as well as connectivity and interoperability with .NET Services. Microsoft will offer a consumption-based pricing model, allowing partners and customers to pay only for the services that they consume, in the following structure (bandwidth across all three services will be charged at $0.10 in / $0.15 out / GB):

  • Windows Azure:
    • Compute @ $0.12 / hour
    • Storage @ $0.15 / GB stored
    • Storage Transactions @ $0.01 / 10K
  • SQL Azure:
    • Web Edition – Up to 1GB relational database @ $9.99
    • Business Edition – Up to 10GB relational database @ $99.99
  • .NET Services:
    • Messages @ $0.15/100K message operations, including Service Bus messages and Access Control tokens

Microsoft emphasized that its partners would have access to special promotional offers and discounts that will help them bring solutions to the market faster, reduce IT complexity, and increase revenue opportunities. Microsoft partners get a five percent promotional discount on Windows Azure compute, SQL Azure, and .NET Services. MSDN Premium subscribers will get resources to develop and test their cloud-based applications. There will also be a “development accelerator promotional offer” (15 to 30 percent discount off the consumption charges) for partners and customers who want to quickly develop and deploy applications with dynamic scaling, predictable pricing, and a deep discount. It requires a six-month commitment, and after six months the pricing reverts to the standard Azure rates.

Furthermore, on the Windows Azure blog, the software giant outlined an enterprise-class guarantee backed by a service-level agreement that covers service uptime, connectivity, and data availability:

For compute, we guarantee that when you deploy two or more role instances in different fault and upgrade domains your Internet facing roles will have external connectivity at least 99.95% of the time. Additionally, we will monitor all of your individual role instances and detect within two minutes when a role instance’s process is not running and initiate corrective action. For storage, we guarantee that at least 99.9% of the time we will successfully process correctly formatted requests that we receive to add, update, read and delete data. We also guarantee that your storage accounts will have connectivity to our Internet gateway.

Microsoft also noted that Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and .NET Services would be commercially available at its Professional Developers Conference 2009, which goes on between November 17 and 19, 2009. At launch, Microsoft is planning to have offers available in local currencies for Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and the US. In March 2010, commercial availability will expand to Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Microsoft may have a tough time convincing developers that Azure is worth their time, and while pricing is important, it all comes down to trust. You can read our explanation on what Windows Azure is and isn’t for more information.