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Windows Azure Storage Plugin for WordPress Now Uses Azure SDK for PHP; Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit v1.5.2

The Windows Azure Storage Plugin for WordPress updated released today now use the new Windows Azure SDK for PHP.

For those not aware, “This plugin allows you to use Windows Azure Storage Service to host the media files for a WordPress blog. It uses the BlobRestProxy class exposed by the PHP SDK to store your media files in Windows Azure blob storage. The service creates 3 copies of your files to protect against data loss and is works with REST conventions and standard HTTP operations to create URIs to identify and expose your files. And, depending on your site, using the Blob service may help reduce the cost of running your blog. “

“Once the plugin is installed, you don’t need to think about it – it does everything behind the scenes, while you stay focused on the content you’re creating. If you’re writing a blog post in the WordPress web interface, you’ll see a new button for Windows Azure Storage, which you can use to upload and insert images into your post. “

The installation is quick and simple, and the only setup required is to point it at a storage account in your Windows Azure subscription.

WordPress Post Writer Panel

“If you click on the Add Media icon instead, you can add images from the Media Library, which is also stored in your Windows Azure storage account under the default container (which you can select when configuring the plugin).”

“If you use Windows Live Writer, you don’t need to do anything special at all to take advantage of the plugin. When you publish from Live Writer the media files will automatically be uploaded to the default container of your storage account, and the links within your post will point to the blobs in that container as appropriate,” Microsoft explains.

You can download the plugin here, if you don’t have an Azure subscription, you can sign up for a free trial here.

Windows Azure Storage Plugin for WordPress

Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit v1.5.2

Also, Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit v1.5.2 released today, which now includes:

  • “WPFD3Dinterop. This new sample demonstrates DirectX 11 interoperability with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), which enables powerful DirectX rendering composed with quicker-to-develop WPF user interfaces.
  • Improved Kinect Studio playback. We’ve fixed a known issue from version 1.5.1 of Kinect Studio to ensure that depth-to-color mapping works properly, even if you play an XED clip on a machine without the identical Kinect sensor that recorded it,” the team informed.

If you have already installed the Kinect for Windows SDK, simply download the new v1.5.2 Developer Toolkit Update. If you are new to Kinect for Windows, download both the Kinect for Windows SDK v1.5 and the Developer Toolkit v1.5.2. [Developers download link.]

In this “Windows Azure, Windows 8, and MVC 4 Demos” episode Nick and Nate review the samples, blog posts, and tutorials that have been released for Windows Azure since the June release. Nick demos his newest Windows 8 + Windows Azure sample that uses geospatial data and blob storage. Nate shows his modern Cloud Survey application that is built using Ember.js and ASP.NET Web APIs.

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