Windows Azure SDK 1.4 refresh is now available for download, and enables web developers to increase their development productivity by simplifying the iterative development process of web-based hosted services.
Until today, the iterative development process for hosted services has required you to re-package the application and upload it to Azure using either the Management portal or the Service Management API. The Windows Azure SDK 1.4 refresh solves this problem by integrating with the Web Deployment Tool (Web Deploy).
Please note the following when using Web Deploy for interactive development of Azure hosted services:
- Web Deploy only works with a single role instance.
- The tool is intended only for iterative development and testing scenarios
- Web Deploy bypasses the package creation. Changes to the web pages are not durable. To preserve changes, you must package and deploy the service.
[Source: Windows Azure team blog]