I love the rumor mill.  It’s been running rampant on the net.  Stuff like how we may buy SAP, devour Yahoo, make Google actually RTM something, and are overthrowing the universe make it somehow more pleasurable for me to work and read the free press daily.  IMHO, it’s my own little comedy, soap opera and drama stage.  However today I read one that made me think “Duh, that’s obvious!” (well, it’s not only been today…)  Microsoft will be making available for download Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 for our customers.   Of course we will.  (See the beta note below!)  Microsoft usually encourages customers and partners to download and evaluate customer previews, which ultimately results in changes and improvements to the final product, which we ultimately will ship and make available for download.

Beta 1 of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 represents a substantial amount of the functionality that will be in the final shipping version of the products.  For now, if you haven’t upgraded to Visual Studio 2008, it’s not too late! Microsoft has a number of promotions and offers available to upgrade to our latest development tools as you prepare for the next wave of tools. For more information, visit www.microsoft.com/VisualStudio.  If you’d like to start directly with Visual Studio 2010, there is a Visual Studio 2010 Beta now available here 

Also, I'd like to thank Mary Jo for helping us spread the word about the PHP SDK for Windows Azure.

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to Interoperability, this open source project is an effort to help bridge PHP developers over onto Windows Azure.

PHPAzure is an open source project to provide software development kit for Windows Azure and Windows Azure Storage – Blobs, Tables & Queues
It enables PHP developers to take advantage of the Microsoft Cloud Services Platform  – Windows Azure and provides consistent programming model for Windows Azure Storage (Blobs, Tables & Queues)

  • Features
    • PHP classes for Windows Azure Blobs, Tables & Queues (for CRUD operations)
    • Helper Classes for HTTP transport, AuthN/AuthZ, REST & Error Management
    • Manageability, Instrumentation & Logging support

Enjoy!