Windows Azure support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and price cuts announced

On Friday, we announced a series of significant updates to Windows Azure.

First, we announced that Windows Server 2012 R2 is now supported on Windows Azure. In addition, the new Windows Azure release allows you to use Windows Server 2012 R2 and .NET 4.5.1 within Web and Worker Roles within Cloud Service-based applications.

Also Friday, we released the Windows Azure Pack, a free download that enables you to run Windows Azure Technology within either your own datacenter, an on-premises private cloud environment or with one of our service provider and hosting partners who run Windows Server.

And last but not least, we also announced reductions in prices of up to 22 percent on our memory-intensive VM instances (specifically our A5, A6 and A7 instances). These price reductions apply to both Windows and Linux VM instances, as well as for Cloud Service-based applications.

The price reductions will take effect in November, and will enable you to run applications that demand larger memory (such as SharePoint, databases and in-memory analytics, for example) even more cost effectively.

For more on this story, read Friday’s post on Scott Guthrie’s blog.

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Jeff Meisner
Microsoft News Center Staff