30 Days until Commercial Launch of Windows Azure (oh and some light changes here and there.. )

That’s right, 30 more days until the PDC 2009 conference in Los Angeles. (microsoftpdc.com)

We’ve been hunkering down and gearing up for what will be an amazing launch, and some truly outstanding evidence of what the Windows Azure Platform can do.

I think everyone is going to be pleasantly surprised, and coinciding with Windows 7 and soon, Office 2010, I think this is going to be an outstanding fiscal performance for Microsoft, along with some cutting edge technology coming peoples way, making our platform truly driven by consumer choice.

Anyway, as with all Technical Adoption Programs, we collect feedback from customers on the platform and steer the cloudy weather accordingly. 🙂

We've made some minor fixes to the Windows Azure Service Management API that we launched a few weeks ago. All requests for this release will need the versioning header "x-ms-version:2009-10-01" specified. Requests that use the older version "x-ms-version:2009-08-08" will fail and code will need to be changed to use the new versioning header.
There is a new version of csmanage posted that uses the new versioning header and reflects the API changes at https://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ProjectName=windowsazuresamples&ReleaseId=3233. Note - you’ll need to upgrade from the older version of csmanage as that will fail with a error message about not being the correct version.
The actual docs for the API, as always, can be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee460799.aspx. We're pushing out new docs and you should see them there in a few hours.

Also, in the next few weeks, pay attention to the Microsoft.ServiceHosting.ServiceRuntime library area on MSDN.  There’s bound to be some goodies coming for Diagnostics & Monitoring, Logging, and an enhanced StorageClient namespace. I’ve also been working on getting Expression Encoder 3 up and running on Worker Roles (and I do have that working internally-only) but we’ll require some features to be in place post-PDC to enable that for the masses.

Stay tuned!

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