Update to Windows Azure SDK & Mobile Services; 'VM Depot' Open Source VMs Released

Microsoft has recently updated Windows Azure SDK for .NET--now contains a number of great improvements. Also, an update to Windows Azure Mobile Services Public Preview, and a new Windows Azure Mobile Services video series launched. And, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. has announced VM Depot, a community-driven catalog of open source virtual machine images for Windows Azure.

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Microsoft has recently updated Windows Azure SDK for .NET that contains a number of great improvements. Along with, Windows Azure Mobile Services Public Preview update, and a new Windows Azure Mobile Services video series launched to help people get started with Mobile Services.

New features included in the new Windows Azure SDK now offer:

  • ".NET 4.5 / Windows Server 2012 (OS Family 3) support in Web/Worker Role
  • VS tools - Productivity improvements
  • Cache for Web/Worker Role - General availability
  • Storage - New tooling and client library
  • Service Bus - Updated client library and tooling," informs Microsoft.

While, update to Mobile Services now brings:

  • SDKs for Windows Store, Windows Phone 8 and iOS apps
  • Auth using Microsoft Account, Facebook, Google and Twitter
  • Push Notification support via WNS, MPNS and APNS
  • Structured storage
  • Scheduler to execute tasks on a schedule e.g aggregating feeds, sending notifications, crunching data
  • Deployment in North Europe, East and West US datacenters

In addition, Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. has announced VM Depot, a community-driven catalog of open source virtual machine images for Windows Azure.

"On VM Depot the community can build, deploy and share their favorite Linux configurations, create custom open source stacks, work with others and build new architectures for the cloud that benefit from the openness and flexibility of Windows Azure," Microsoft state.

To find more information and to get started with VM Depot, visit this link.

VM Depot by Microsoft Open Technologies delivers more options for users bringing their custom Linux images to Windows Azure Virtual Machines

As for the Azure Mobile Services video, here is what you can expect to learn through this series:

  • "Provide turnkey backend solutions that connect your mobile apps to the cloud within minutes
  • Store data off device and read it back into your apps
  • Add custom business logic utilizing server scripts
  • Implement user authentication in your apps using popular social identity providers such as Microsoft Account, Facebook, Twitter and Google.
  • Implement Push Notifications in your apps to keep your users up to date with your latest app content
  • Execute tasks on a schedule e.g aggregating feeds, sending notifications, crunching data etc.
  • Accelerate your mobile app development for Windows Store, Windows Phone 8 and iOS," Microsoft adds.

Scott Guthrie - Introduction to Windows Azure Mobile Services

Nick Harris - Creating your first app using the Windows Azure Mobile Services Quick Start

Visit this link to view all current available videos within the series at Channel9.