Microsoft is making available to testers preview versions of its Windows Server 8 and Microsoft is making available to testers a developer preview of Windows Server 8, the complement to its Windows 8 client. Microsoft says Windows Server 8 will be heavily influenced by its experience running Windows Azure, the cloud based operating system that Microsoft runs in its own data centers. Azure concepts and functionality will be coming to Windows Server 8 with the new Hyper-V and Microsoft did not say when Windows Server 8 will ship…………..
- A preview of TFS running on the Windows Azure platform, which provides a collaborative Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) environment delivered as a Microsoft-hosted Windows Azure cloud service, making it easier to deploy, scale, operate and access collaborative development projects.
- A Microsoft .NET 4.5 Developer Preview, which has focused on top developer requests across key technologies and includes new features for asynchronous programming in C# and Visual Basic, support for state machines in Windows Workflow, and increased investments in HTML5 and CSS3 in ASP.NET.
- ASP.NET MVC 4 Preview, which provides new Web tooling capabilities for developers to better manage Web application rendering, and its impacts on business application logic, in different browsers.
In the context of today’s hybrid world of on-premise servers, cloud services and connected devices, Microsoft released a developer preview of the next version of its server operating system, Windows Server 8. Windows Server 8 applies Microsoft‘s experience building and operating the Windows Azure public cloud to provide a cloud-optimized operating system focused on delivery of applications, interoperability within today’s diverse IT environments, high-performance virtualization and strong links to public clouds. Windows Server 8 provides multi-tenant infrastructure for cloud services with significant enhancements to help reduce the costs of high availability and to automate service management. As an open application and Web platform that shares common management, identity and development tools with Windows Azure, Windows Server 8 empowers developers and IT professionals to deliver services across their choice of private and public cloud environments, or a combination of both. A cornerstone to building next-generation applications is Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform, which developers can tap into to power immersive experiences across a range of devices, synthesize massive data sets and cost-effectively scale to reach millions of users. At BUILD, Microsoft showcased new capabilities of the Windows Azure platform, including the following:
- Windows Azure Georeplication. Now available, this enhancement replicates Windows Azure Blobs and Tables between two datacenters hundreds of miles apart from each other on the same continent, at no additional cost, to provide additional data durability in the case of a major disaster.
- Windows Azure Marketplace expansion. Available in 25 new countries in early October, the Windows Azure Marketplace offers developers a comprehensive market for datasets and finished applications; register on Windows Azure Marketplace today.
- Microsoft Translator API. Available today on the Windows Azure Marketplace, the Microsoft Translator API provides machine language translations to developers looking to customize their applications to satisfy the language needs of a global audience.
- Windows Azure SDK version 1.5. Advancements to the Windows Azure SDK include better capabilities for developers to build Windows Azure applications, including improved emulator performance, service certificate support, package and configuration management and remote desktop encryption.
- Windows Azure Service Bus September Release. Enhancements to the Service Bus improve pub/sub messaging, enable asynchronous eventing to better link applications to occasionally connected devices such as phones and kiosks, and provide improved support for loosely coupled application architectures and advanced intra-app messaging.
- Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8: Currently available for Windows Phone, Android and iOS, Microsoft is extending its popular toolkits for cloud applications to Windows 8. The Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 provides developers with code samples, documentation and components for building Metro style applications that use Windows Azure for connectivity and notifications.