Canonical is now sporting the Windows logo on their website, showing off their new deal with Microsoft that allows them to deploy Ubuntu in Ubuntu Azure. The company that built Ubuntu, Canonical, had some very harsh words for Windows 8 and Microsoft, in the past, but when it comes to Windows Azure, all of that is forgotten.
Microsoft has released WebMatrix 3, the latest version of its free web development tool. The new version now comes with deeper Windows Azure integration and support for GitHub.
WebMatrix users can now sign in through Windows Azure and create up to 10 sites for free.
Windows Azure has added new support for a number of services including PhoneGap, Dropbox and Hadoop.
According to a blog post by Scott Guthrie, a corporate vice president in the Microsoft Tools and Servers group, developers can connect both HTML5 web-client apps, Apache Cordova/PhoneGap and Windows Phone 7.5 clients to use Windows Azure Mobile Services as a backend.
According to a report in ZDNet, Microsoft will change the name of its Windows Azure cloud computing platform to Microsoft Azure. The announcement is expected tomorrow, with an effective date of April 3, the first day of the Build developer conference. I've reached out to Microsoft for comment on the reported name change and will update this post when I hear back. Read More
New Relic and Microsoft will offer performance anaytics to gain insight into the performance of native apps and websites running on Windows Azure.
The new performance package allows New Relic customers to:
Use a new optimized New Relic .NET agent designed for Windows Azure Web Site services.
Analytics for the performance of applications deployed on the Windows Azure Web Sites.
Support for iOS and
Microsoft introduced a laundry list of new features today for Windows Azure, including general availability of SQL Server AlwaysOn support, notification hubs and autoscale improvements.
The new features have some common themes, focusing on systems automation that allows for use cases such as with Bing, which is using Azure notifications to send news updates to its users.
SQL Server AlwaysOn Availa
Update 2: Microsoft reached out with a statement. The issue with Azure was seperate from the other outages. Early reports to the contrary were false. I apologize for getting that wrong.
Here's Microsoft statement:
“Microsoft is aware of issues involving cloud and online services and we are investigating the cause. We can confirm that these issues were not caused by Windows Azure.