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
- 44 new announcements for Microsoft Azure… enough said!!
- Check out Scott Guthrie’s blog for a series of detailed blog posts on Azure.
- General availability of Visual Studio Online: www.visualstudio.com
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
- Traffic Manager
- 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
- 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.
Join the Conversation
There are some great conversations happening right now on LinkedIn around all of these announcements and //build/ in general. Join the conversation:
- Of all of the announcements made at //build/, which is the most important to you as a developer?
- What do you think of the //build/ announcements so far? Excited?
Check back tomorrow for the recap of day 3