March 2013

Announcements

Mobile Services Adds Android Support

We created Mobile Services to make it easier for developers to build engaging and dynamic mobile apps that scale. We’ve made it even easier to develop for the Android platform. The Windows Azure team partnered with Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. to deliver Android support; our friends at MS Open Tech developed the SDK and the Windows Azure team built push support and completed the portal integration. This release also expands Mobile Services availability to the East Asia data center, which reduces latency for developers with customers in Asia. Here are some useful resources:

SQL Reporting Services, Active Directory, and more

In addition to Mobile Services announcement, we released a number of other exciting enhancements to Windows Azure. Some of these new capabilities include, Windows Azure Active Directory and SQL Reporting Services support in the management portal, ability to download blob storage files directly from the portal and more. Get details on all of the announcements from ScottGU’s blog.

New add-ins in the Windows Azure Store

We are excited to announce the availability of three exciting new add-ins in the Windows Azure Store. If you haven’t experienced it yet, the Windows Azure Store is a place to discover, purchase, and use premium app services and data sets that complement and extend the native functionality of Windows Azure. Most offers in the Windows Azure Store include a free version, so get started exploring today with no obligation. See this blog post for more information. The latest additions to the Windows Azure Store are:

  • Blitline, which provides industrial-strength, online image processing.
  • Cloudinary, which seamlessly delivers your website's images from the cloud to your users.
  • VS Anywhere enables real-time collaboration for Visual Studio.

Windows Azure Store: Expanded availability

We’re excited to announce that the Windows Azure Store is now available in 25 new markets, bringing the number of supported markets to 36. If we haven’t reached your market yet, stay tuned for future updates as we continue to roll out the Windows Azure Store globally. Click here for the list of markets where the Windows Azure Store is available.

Announcing the Windows Azure area on Channel 9 and a new Windows Azure video series

We just launched a new landing page on Channel 9 so that developers can easily find videos, event recordings, and shows about Windows Azure. The page brings together a variety of videos such as screen casts and recordings of events like BUILD and Windows AzureConf, in addition to brand-new content. We also created a new video series that introduce developers to Windows Azure. Check out the site today!

Learning

Join the Global Bootcamp

A free, one-day, in-depth class to get you up-to-speed on developing for Windows Azure:

Windows Azure Global Bootcamp

Practical Windows Azure with Jim O’Neil—Windows Azure Web Sites

Tune in to the Jim O’Neil DevRadio show to learn more about Windows Azure Web Sites, the fastest way to get your ASP.NET, Node.js, PHP, or even open source up and running in Windows Azure. Windows Azure Web Sites is an effective way to set up a small business site or mobile service back end, allowing you to concentrate on the site and let Windows Azure worry about the upkeep, failover, scaling, and other infrastructure management.

DevRadio: Using Windows Azure to build back-end services for Windows 8 apps

Peter Laudati and Brian Hitney welcome fellow Developer Evangelist Andrew Duthie to the show as they kick off their series on how to build back-end services for Windows 8 apps using Windows Azure. Tune in for part one as Andrew gives an overview of the series and introduces some techniques you can incorporate as you build your back-end services.

Partner

Integrating Windows Azure IaaS and RightScale into your SDLC

Whether you have a formal SDLC or you're just "winging it," integrating Windows Azure IaaS into your dev and test process is critical to on-time and high-quality deliveries. Utilizing the RightScale platform, it's easy to integrate your existing toolset (TFS included!) to build, publish and deploy test environments with ease. For details, please go to the RightScale blog – check out how you can reduce your on-premise IT overhead and speed up your development and test cycles. You can also join an upcoming webinar on April 10, for a demonstration on the main points covered in this blog series.

Explore MongoDB 2.4 using MongoLab on Windows Azure

MongoLab makes it easy and fun to power your application with MongoDB. Now, MongoLab is offering free, experimental databases running MongoDB 2.4. Notable new features include full-text search (experimental), a new JavaScript engine (V8), and better GeoSpatial indexing. To read all the details and get started, browse our step-by-step guide.

New Relic: Sign up in March, get a cool shirt

Monitor your apps in real time, track end-user experiences, and diagnose and eliminate bottlenecks. New Relic is the only tool you need to ensure scalability and superior performance of your Windows Azure apps. Sign up for and deploy New Relic on Azure in March and get a Data Nerd shirt!

Success Stories

Windows Azure Media Services and deltatre

deltatre helped a number of major broadcasters deliver the London Games. Thousands of hours of sport content showed on TV channels and digital platforms. Learn how Windows Azure Media Services worked with deltatre to stream these events both live and on-demand. Watch the video.

The University of Washington moves its reporting solution to the cloud for scalability and easier management

Three years ago, the University of Washington (UW) developed a self-service reporting application called Michelangelo, which helps users access the university’s databases and then quickly and easily create accurate reports. Responding to the growing popularity of—and outside interest in—its application, UW moved Michelangelo from an on-premises environment to Windows Azure. Read the full story.