Azure Tools Updated, Available for Download

Windows Azure logo bl The July 2009 Community Technology Previews (CTPs) of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio and the included Windows Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) are now available on the Microsoft Download Center.

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 to enable the creation, building, debugging, running and packaging of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure.

Windows Azure launches in November 2009.

Update Features

If you’re developing an Azure application in Visual Studio, you’ll want to get this update.

New for the July 2009 CTP of Windows Azure Tools:

  • Support for developing and deploying services containing multiple web and worker roles. A service may contain zero or more web roles and zero or more worker roles with a minimum of one role of either type.
  • New project creation dialog that supports creating Cloud Services with multiple web and worker roles.
  • Ability to associate any ASP.NET Web Application project in a Cloud Service solution as a Web Role
  • Support for building Cloud Services from TFS Build
  • Enhanced robustness and stability

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio includes:

  • C# and VB Project Templates for creating a Cloud Service solution
  • Tools to change the Service Role configuration
  • Integrated local development via the Development Fabric and Development Storage services
  • Debugging Cloud Service Roles running in the Development Fabric
  • Building and packaging of Cloud Service Packages
  • Browsing to the Azure Services Developer Portal
  • SSL Certificate selection

New in the Windows Azure SDK:

  • The Windows Azure SDK now supports developing and deploying services containing multiple web and worker roles.
  • The new PowershellRole sample hosts the Powershell runtime within a Windows Azure role

Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure Platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage Web applications on the Internet through Microsoft® data centers.

Developer Resources

You can get the July tools or SDK update from:

To get started using Windows Azure, see Azure Services Platform Development Center on MSDN.

Also check out the series of short videos from Get Started with Azure Services Platform 'How Do I' Videos.

You can download the Azure Services Platform Developer Training Kit

There are two postings to get you started with the new CTP:


Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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