Wow! This was quite a Windows Azure Wednesday! First the Windows Azure Code Gallery, and now, just released, brand new Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio and updates to the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit.
Browse the code gallery >> Download the tools >> Download the training kit >>
Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio
The version 1.4 release of the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio brings with it some great new features that make developing for Windows Azure just that much quicker. They are:
That’s it for new features with this release. There have also been several fixes to features that were there in previous releases. All in all, your Windows Azure development experience should be that much better with this new release.
NOTE: There are some build differences and new elements in the configuration files of the new tools that are used by the new features (such as the multiple service configurations feature). As such, someone using the previous version of the tools will not be able to work with projects that are based on this new version without upgrading.
TIP: If you’re working on a team, make sure that all developers upgrade to the latest tools to ensure that the same build is used.
Download the updated Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio >>
Windows Azure Platform Training Kit
To go along with the new tools, the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit has been refreshed. All of the labs and demos now use the new features of the new tools and show you how to use all of the features of the platform that you already know in much easier and more intuitive ways. Of course, some minor bugs and enhancements here are there made it into the refresh as well!
Download the updated Windows Azure Platform Training Kit >>
Now that you know what’s new and exciting, time to go do some downloading! Download the updated tools and platform training kit to make sure that you have access to all of the latest and greatest that Windows Azure has to offer.
One More Thing on the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit
Since the kit was created to ensure that you have access to great technical training materials for Windows Azure, we want to make sure that it has everything that you need and works the way that it should. If there’s additional content you’d like to see in the training kit, please let us know on the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit Forum. Also, if you encounter any bugs or have any problems, please send us feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’re feedback is always appreciated.