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Windows Azure: New windows, same tools

Microsoft was at pains to stress that it will be creating an environment that developers feel familiar towards for Windows Azure development.

Microsoft was at pains to stress that it will be creating an environment that developers feel familiar towards for Windows Azure development.

A slide of some of the services Microsoft plans to offer on top of Windows Azure.
(Credit: Robert Vamosi/CNET News)

During the announcement of Windows Azure at PDC's opening keynote, developers were shown the process of writing an Azure "Hello World!" application. The demonstration code was all writen within a current version of Visual Studio with the addition of the Azure SDK. Testing and debugging occurred locally on the development machine in an environment that mirrored the Azure environment.

Once compiled into an Azure compiled binary, the appropriate binary and XML configuration files were uploaded to Azure — in a process that is similar to those used by other cloud application services such as AppEngine or EC2.

Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, dubbed Azure as "Windows in the cloud" and stated that Microsoft would be intentionally conservative with the rollout of future Azure features.

Azure rollout would occur first in the US as a Community Technology Preview, with other countries to follow later.

Screenshot of Bluehoo.com mobile social networking app built on Windows Azure.
(Credit: Robert Vamosi/CNET News)

Bluehoo, a C#/ Silverlight application that connects Bluetooth mobile phone users and makes use of the Windows Azure cloud-based services, was shown.

Chris Duckett travelled to PDC2008 as a guest of Microsoft.

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