Yesterday, I shared with you my recap of day 1. To no surprise, day 2 was just as exciting with announcements and talks centered around Microsoft Azure (in case you missed it, it’s not Windows Azure anymore! It’s Microsoft Azure.)

Notable announcements of day 2

Microsoft Azure (some of the new features…)

  • Awesome new Azure portal (preview today) with customizable new dashboard, Online service and Application Insights integration, …
  • Staging server with single click swap for production deployment
  • Create/manage Azure Virtual machines directly in Visual Studio, including support for remote debugging (allow you to attach the local debugger to processes running on the VM)
  • Azure Web Sites
    • SSL certificates free for all web sites!
    • Support for Java
    • Autoscale
    • Traffic Manager
    • Backup
  • SQL Databases
    • Self-service restore with daily automatic backups (up to 31 days)
    • Max size is now 500 GB (up from 150 GB)
    • Active geo replication
  • Mobile Services
    • Notification Hub with push notifications to any mobile device including Kindle now
    • Office 365 integration with Active Directory support
    • Offline data synchronization
    • Remote debugging

Open Source

  • Roslyn, the .NET compiler platform, is now an open source project on CodePlex! (good for Xamarin!)
  • New broader initiative called .NET Foundation to showcase the multiple .NET components available as open source (24 .NET open source projects so far)

One Final Comment

I had never before seen so many iOS, Android, and Java logos at a Microsoft conference… and it’s a good sign! Microsoft is now a Cloud + Services company. Even John Gruber appeared in a promo video during the keynote.

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