At PDC 2009, Microsoft released:
- Windows Azure platform; Ray Ozzie described Azure and SQL Azure as core elements of company’s cloud services strategy. He described company’s “three screens and a cloud” vision, where software experiences’re seamlessly delivered across PCs, phones and TVs, all connected by cloud-based services.
- Also unveiled “Microsoft Pinpoint,” an online marketplace for Microsoft partners to market and sell their app, and a new information service, codename “Dallas,” also available through Pinpoint and built completely on Azure platform. “Dallas” is available as a limited CTP. Datasets available through “Dallas” include: Associated Press, Citysearch, DATA.gov, ESRI, First American Corp., infoUSA.com Inc., NASA, National Geographic TOPO!, NAVTEQ, RiskMetrics Group, United Nations, WaveMarket Inc. and Weather Central Inc.
- Bob Muglia, says Microsoft’s delivering Windows Server AppFabric Beta 1, a set of integrated, high-level app services that enable developers to deploy and manage apps spanning both server and cloud. AppFabric tech combines hosting and caching techs (formerly “Dublin” and “Velocity”) with Azure platform AppFabric Service Bus and AppFabric Access Control (formerly .NET Services).
- Also announced company’s plan to offer Windows Server virtual machine support on Azure, enabling customers to more easily support virtualized infrastructure across continuum of on-premises and cloud computing.
- Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) is now RTM’d, a new extension to .NET Framework that makes it easier for developers to create more secure applications with interoperable, identity-based access.