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LightSwitch HTML Client Preview; Visual Studio 2012 Tools for SharePoint 2010; Team Foundation Service Public Preview; Windows Azure Caching; Windows Azure Virtual Machines

Microsoft at the TechEd Europe 2012 event in Amsterdam demoed recently announced Windows Azure Virtual Machines, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering in Windows Azure.

Microsoft also announced the availability of LightSwitch HTML Client Preview now available for MSDN subscribers, and will be available publicly on Thursday June 28th!

Visual Studio 2012 Tools for SharePoint 2010: With Visual Studio 2012 RC, Microsoft is also delivering another compelling release for writing SharePoint 2010 solutions. “We’ve developed a rich experience for creating SharePoint lists and content types, so that you no longer need to deal with the complex schema or error-prone hand-editing of XML. Our new SharePoint List Designer allows you to visually and accurately define new lists and content types,” Microsoft said.

Visual Studio Team Foundation Service Public Preview is available at http://tfspreview.com is an application lifecycle management tool hosted on Windows Azure. Updated features include collaboration tools, a code repository and powerful reporting and traceability tools to help teams more effectively manage software development.

Windows Azure Caching, is offered as a Windows Azure service – the service uses machines in Windows Azure that are shared across multiple tenants (henceforth, refer to as Windows Azure Shared Caching).

Azure Caching is a distributed, in-memory, scalable, reliable caching solution that can be used to speed up Windows Azure applications and reduce database load. Each customer pays for a certain amount of memory (128MB to 4GB) and it comes with a limit on transaction throughput and network bandwidth based on the memory chosen.

With the latest Windows Azure SDK, Microsoft introducing a preview version of Windows Azure Caching that is hosted as a part of the customer’s cloud application. Caching (Preview) – distributed server and client library – ships as a plug-in with the new Windows Azure SDK.

Windows Azure Virtual Machines for Windows, getting started is easy through new HTML-based portal, that offers a simple and enjoyable experience for deploying new Virtual Machines based on one of the several platform images supplied by Microsoft including: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Evaluation, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate.

Windows Azure Virtual Machiness for Windows

“We update these images regularly with the most recent patches to make sure that you start with a secure virtual machine, by default. Further details on getting started can be found here. Once deployed, you can patch the running Virtual Machines using a management product or simply use Windows Update,” Microsoft said.

“We also wanted to make it easy for you to deploy Virtual Machines using scripts or build on our programmatic interface.” Therefore, we also released PowerShell cmdlets that allow scripted deployment of Virtual Machines for Windows. Finally, both the portal and the Command-Line tooling are built on REST APIs that are available for programmatic usage, described here, giving you the ability to develop your own tools and management solutions.

This is not free, but low priced untill General Availability. http://WindowsAzure.com.

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