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Windows Azure AppFabric April Release Now Featuring New Access Control Service, ASP.NET Management Portal Deprecated

Microsoft announced the release of Windows Azure AppFabric April that includes a new version of the Access Control service.

The Access Control service includes all the great capabilities and enhancements that have been available in the CTP of the service for several months. Now you can start using these capabilities using our production service.

The new ACS will run in parallel with the previous version. Existing customers willn’t be automatically migrated to the new version, and the previous version remains fully supported. You’ll see both versions of the service in the AppFabric Management Portal.

The new version of the service adds the following capabilities:

Federation provider and Security Token Service
Out of box federation with Active Directory Federation Services 2.0, Windows Live ID, Google, Yahoo, Facebook

New authorization scenarios
Delegation using OAuth 2.0

Improved developer experience

  • New web-based management portal
  • Fully programmatic management using OData
  • Works with Windows Identity Foundation

Additional protocol support
WS-Federation, WS-Trust, OpenID 2.0, OAuth 2.0 (Draft 13)

Another change introduced is in the way monthly charge for Service Bus are calculated. From now on the computation of the daily connection charge will always assume a month of 31 days, instead of using the actual number of days in the current month. This’s done in order to ensure consistency in the charges across months.

In addition, the ASP.NET Management Portal is deprecated. From now on only the new Silverlight based Management Portal will be available.

The updates are available at: http://appfabric.azure.com, so be sure to login and start using the new capabilities.

[Source: Windows Azure AppFabric Team Blog]

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