At PDC10 last month, we announced a host of enhancements for Windows Azure designed to make it easier for customers to run existing Windows applications on Windows Azure, enable more affordable platform access and improve the Windows Azure developer and IT Professional experience. Today, we're happy to announce that several of these enhancements are either generally available or ready for you to try as a Beta or Community Technology Preview (CTP). Below is a list of what's now available, along with links to more information.
The following functionality is now generally available through the Windows Azure SDK and Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio release 1.3 and the new Windows Azure Management Portal:
The following functionality is now available as beta:
Developers and IT Professionals can sign up for either of the betas above via the Windows Azure Management Portal.
We are also making the following available as a CTP:
But there is more:
Microsoft provides you different ways to assist you in making cloud computing and Windows Azure in particular more accessible to you and your business.
Building your first application on the Windows Azure Platform is easy and can be done using these simple steps:
If you would like to see an overview of all the new features that we're making available, please watch an overview webcast . You can also watch on-demand sessions from PDC10 that dive deeper into many of these Windows Azure features; check here for a full list of sessions. A full recap of all that was announced for the Windows Azure platform at PDC10 can be found here. For all other questions, please refer to the latest FAQ.