Windows Azure SDK for PHP Including Service Bus Support; Casablanca Refresh Released; Bing Venue Maps Adds 30 New Countries; Microsoft.com Gets Metro Look & Feel

Microsoft announced a "bug-fix" refresh to the Casablanca release. The first release of Casablanca was launched at the end of April, as an incubation project on Devlabs.This update bring following notable additions:A number of bug fixes (including some reported by you)Support for https on the clientSupport for Visual Studio 2012 RC, Azure SDK 1.7 and […]

Microsoft announced a "bug-fix" refresh to the Casablanca release. The first release of Casablanca was launched at the end of April, as an incubation project on Devlabs.

This update bring following notable additions:

  • A number of bug fixes (including some reported by you)
  • Support for https on the client
  • Support for Visual Studio 2012 RC, Azure SDK 1.7 and Windows 8 Release Preview

The update can be downloaded from the Casablanca devlabs site.

Windows Azure SDK for PHP available as of June 27, provides PHP-based access to the functionality exposed via the REST API in Windows Azure Service Bus.

"This is an early step as we continue to make Windows Azure a great cloud platform for many languages, including .NET, Java, and PHP," Microsoft stated.

For more information, you may refer to Windows Azure PHP Developer Center.

The SDK is available as open source and can downloaded here.

In other Microsoft news,

Bing Maps Venue Maps expands to 30 new countries

Microsoft has rolled out yet another update to Bing Maps which expands the Venue Maps to over 30 new countries around the world, including North America, Europe as well as parts of Asia. This brings the total number of Venue Maps to over 2700.

"Through partnership with Nokia, Bing Maps just boosted its Venue Map coverage in the US and internationally expanding the experience to more than 2,700 Venue Maps across the world," Bing stated.

All new Venue Maps are now available through www.bing.com/maps and, in the US and UK, are also available on Windows Phone Maps (7.5), m.bing.com/maps, and the Bing app for iPhone.

Simply zoom in over your favorite mall to enter the experience. You can also browse all the available Venue Maps and countries at www.bing.com/maps/venues.

Bing Venue Maps was started off as Mall Maps back in December 2010, which covered shopping malls initally in the state of Washington, United States. Later, Microsoft expanded this to over 148 malls around the US, and also made it available to mobile devices.

Then back, in September 2011, Bing Maps team begin addding Airport Maps, covering 42 airports across the US. And, then in April 2012, the team expanded this feature to different venue types including: universities, museums, malls, convention centres etc., bringing the total to around 900 Venue Maps in the US, the UK, France, and Germany.

You can check out the list of all Venue Maps here.

Also, Microsoft had been giving a Metro look and feel to all of its properties. Today, the company has launched a refreshed Microsoft.com homepage in preview mode.

Here is the screenshot of the new Microsoft.com homepage:

You can check out it out live using this URL.

Microsoft.com Homepage Gets Metro UI