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NOTE: This post was updated Wednesday, September 21, 2011 to include updated information about the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8.
NOTE: This post was updated Friday, September 16, 2011 to include links to related blog posts about each of the announcements made at BUILD.
Today from the BUILD Conference in Anaheim, California, Server and Tools President, Satya Nadella outlined a changing world of application development, connected devices, and continuous services, and articulated how Microsoft’s investments in these areas will enable developers to create a wealth of new opportunities by leading this transformation. Nadella went on to highlight the opportunity for developers to build the next generation of applications by architecting new types of front-end client applications that are connected to back-end clouds using the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8, which was released today at BUILD.
Details on the toolkit as well as other Windows Azure-related announcements Nadella made can be found below. Additional details on today’s announcements will be posted throughout the week, so check back often!
Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the Windows Azure Toolkits for Devices, consisting of assets for Windows Phone, iOS, and Android. Using the toolkits, developers can use Windows Azure to accelerate the creation of applications on the major mobile platforms. Today, we are extending our toolkit offering so developers can take advantage of our scalable cloud platform to power Metro style applications on Windows 8. The Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 is designed to make it easier for developers to create Windows Metro Style applications that harness the power of Windows Azure Compute, Storage and the Windows Push Notification Service (WNS).
The toolkit provides developers with the following:
Get an accelerated jump start delivering notifications to your Windows Azure Metro Style applications today using the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8. For more technical details on the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8, please read the post, "ANNOUNCING the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8" by Nick Harris.
Windows Azure SDK 1.5
Windows Azure SDK 1.5 is now available. This new version offers a number of updates:
For more information about the Windows Azure SDK 1.5, please read the post, "Announcing the Windows Azure SDK 1.5, Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and New Service Management Features".
Windows Azure Marketplace
For more information about these Windows Azure Marketplace-related announcements, please read the post, "Windows Azure Marketplace News from BUILD: Announcing NEW Data Offerings and International Availability".
Windows Azure Storage
New Windows Azure Storage features include geo-replication to help with disaster recovery and a new version of the REST API to enable some functionality improvements for Windows Azure Blobs, Tables, and Queues. Geo-replication replicates your Windows Azure Blob and Table data between two locations that are hundreds of miles apart and within the same region. Geo-replication is now turned on for all Windows Azure Storage accounts for Blobs and Tables. There is no change in existing performance, as updates are asynchronously geo-replicated.
For more information about the new Windows Azure Storage features, please read the post, "Now Available: Geo-Replication and New Blob, Table and Queue Features for Windows Azure Storage".
Service Bus September Release
This new release introduces enhancements to the Service Bus that improve pub/sub messaging by introducing features such as Queues, Topics and Subscriptions, and Rules. It also enables new scenarios on the Windows Azure platform, such as:
For more information about the Service Bus September release, please read the post, "Now Available: The Service Bus September 2011 Release".
Windows Azure Service Management API
Key improvements to the Windows Azure Service Management API include the ability to rollback in-progress configuration updates and service upgrades, and the ability to invoke multiple “write” operations on an ongoing deployment. Other enhancements include more descriptive status for role instances and a new API method: Get Subscription.
For more information about the announcements made today or to watch the keynotes, please visit the BUILD Virtual Press Room. And follow @WindowsAzure and @STBNewsBytes for the latest news and real-time talk about BUILD.