April 4, 2014
Microsoft announced a portal that offers a new experience in the cloud, which integrates technologies between platforms, services and tools, to allow developers and businesses to innovate at high speed through the new Microsoft Azure Preview Portal.
Additionally, the company announced some new milestones in Visual Studio Online and .NET that give developers access to the most complete platform and tools to build in the cloud. These announcements are part of Microsoft’s broad vision to remove barriers to web development and operational management for clients.
“Developing for a world where mobile comes first and cloud first is complicated, and Microsoft works to simplify this world without sacrificing speed, choice, cost, or quality,” said Scott Guthrie, Microsoft executive vice president. Imagine a world where infrastructure and platform services are blended into a single continuous experience, so developers and IT professionals no longer have to work in disparate cloud environments. Microsoft has innovated quickly to solve this problem, and today we have taken a big step towards that vision. “
A simplified cloud experience
The new Microsoft Azure Preview Portal provides a fully integrated experience that will allow customers to develop and manage an application in one place, through the platform and tools of their choice. The new portal combines all the components of a cloud application into a single development and management experience. Among the new components are the following:
- Simplified resource management. Instead of managing isolated resources such as Microsoft Azure Web Sites, Visual Studio Projects, or databases, customers can now create, manage, and analyze their entire application as a single group of resources in a unified and personalized experience, greatly reducing complexity while enabling scaling. Today, the new Azure Manager has also been released through the latest Azure SDK for customers that allows them to automate its deployment and management from any client or device.
- Integrated billing. A new integrated billing experience enables developers and IT professionals to take control of their costs and optimize their resources for maximum business advantage.
- Gallery. It is a rich gallery of applications and services from Microsoft and the open source community. This integrated market for free and paid services enables customers to leverage the ecosystem to be more agile and productive.
- Visual Studio Online. Microsoft announced key enhancements through the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal, available today, such as Team Projects, which supports greater agility for application lifecycle management, and the lightweight code editor called “Monaco” for modifying and committing. code changes in web projects without leaving Azure. Also included is Application Insights, an analytics solution that collects telemetry data such as availability, performance, and usage information to track application health. Visual Studio integration allows developers to display this data from new applications with a single click.
Visual Studio Online General Availability
This day also marks the general availability of Visual Studio Online, reflecting the investments Microsoft has made in the reliability, scalability, and performance of the service. Visual Studio Online is also backed by a 99.9% SLA availability for account services and functionality, demonstrating Microsoft’s commitment to enterprise-grade reliability.
Build an open cloud ecosystem
Demonstrating Microsoft’s commitment to choice and flexibility, the company announced new open source partnerships with Chef and Puppet Labs to run management configuration technologies on Azure Virtual Machines. By using these community-led technologies, customers will now be able to deploy and configure in the cloud more easily. Additionally, Microsoft also announced the release of Java Applications for Microsoft Azure Web Sites, giving Microsoft even broader support for web applications.
Innovation in .NET
Microsoft also shared some innovations for .NET developers:
- Preview of .NET Compiler Platform (formerly known by the code name “Roslyn”). This opens up the C # and Visual Basic compilers as APIs that allow developers to share in the compiler store’s wealth of information about code. This is also available as open source, to enable new scenarios for .NET and Visual Studio developers.
- .NET Foundation. Guthrie was joined on stage by Miguel de Icaza from Xamarin to announce the .NET Foundation, an independent organization created to foster open development and collaboration around a growing collection of open source technologies for .NET. It will serve as a forum for commercial and community developers to strengthen the future of the .NET ecosystem by promoting openness, community engagement, and rapid innovation.
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