One of the more unique elements of the Azure Services Platform is .NET Services.
Much of the current discussion around Cloud Computing focuses on moving certain IT workloads to the cloud (for example email like Microsoft Online) or cloud compute and storage services (like Windows Azure). In contrast, .NET Services sits in the cloud platform/middleware category – with capabilities that will often be used to extend existing ISV and enterprise applications leveraging our cloud services for interoperability and scale. These applications themselves may also reside in the cloud (cloud-based) or on-premise but making use of the cloud (cloud-aware).
Today’s release of the .NET Services March CTP (that’s a Community Technology Preview – ie pre-release) focuses on interoperability and includes improved support for web standards such as REST, ATOM, SOAP, and HTTP. This means that all developers extending applications – whether they are .NET developers or not - will now find .NET Services easier to use because they can utilise industry standards and protocols to interface to our services.
Some of the specific enhancements in the March update:
The latest Microsoft .NET Services SDK can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/azure/sdk.mspx
As always we’re keen to hear your feedback and how you’re using these services to extend and simplify your applications.