Developers: Be sure to check out the Windows Azure SDK 2.1 for .NET

A major refresh of the Windows Azure SDK 2.1 for .NET was released Wednesday.

The new release includes the following capabilities, according to ScottGu’s Blog:

  • Visual Studio 2013 Preview Support: The Windows Azure SDK now supports using the new VS 2013 Preview
  • Visual Studio 2013 VM Image: Windows Azure now has a built-in VM image that you can use to host and develop with VS 2013 in the cloud
  • Visual Studio Server Explorer Enhancements: Redesigned with improved filtering and auto-loading of subscription resources
  • Virtual Machines: Start and Stop VMs w/suspend billing directly from within Visual Studio
  • Cloud Services: New Emulator Express option with reduced footprint and Run as Normal User support
  • Service Bus: New high availability options, Notification Hub support, improved VS tooling
  • PowerShell Automation: Lots of new PowerShell commands for automating websites, cloud services, VMs and more

All of these SDK enhancements are now available to start using immediately. Developers can download the SDK from the Windows Azure .NET Developer Center.

For the rest of this story, which includes an in-depth breakdown of each new component, head on over to ScottGu’s Blog.

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Jeff Meisner
Microsoft News Center Staff