Azure Store is Easier Than Ever!

Did you know that Windows Azure has it’s own store?  It’s been around for some time as the Windows Azure Marketplace.  Well, today an update to the Windows Azure Management portal allows both store vendors and consumers a much better shopping experience!

When you sign into the Windows Azure Management Portal you will see a new category on the left titled “ADD-ONS”

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To sign-up for a new ADD-ON, click on the “NEW” button at the bottom:

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Then click the “Store” icon:

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Then use the “Choose an Add-On” wizard to complete your selection:

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Once you have added an Add-On to your account, you can manage each by selecting the Add-On on the “ADD-ONS’ page and using the commands along the bottom.  For example, here are the commands for the SendGrid add-on:

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There are numerous add-on including data sets, data services, and application services.  You can add services including:

  • Bing Search API
  • ClearDB MySQL Database
  • MongoLab hosted MongoDB
  • Email services with SendGrid
  • Loqate Verify’s Address Verification
  • Many more…

Give it a try!  Sign into the Windows Azure Management Portal and go shopping!

New Azure Mobile Services SDK to Go With New Features…

If you have been developing apps with Windows Azure Mobile Services, then you know how easy it is to create a set of backend services for your Windows 8 (and, really any REST capable) clients!  Just last week an update was published that adds a number of features including:

  • iOS client SDK
  • New authentication methods (Facebook, Google, Twitter)
  • SendGrid and Twilio support
  • Access to Azure Storage
  • Service Bus
  • West US deployments

To take advantage of these latest features in your projects, you will need to update to the latest version of the SDK (v2.2).  You can download the SDKs (windows, iOS, and more to come) from the github repository (http://aka.ms/wamssdks)

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Windows 8 Installation Options Slide Deck

At the “Making Money with HTML5, CSS and JavaScript” event today, I gave a lunchtime session on the various installation options that are available with Windows 8.  If you would like a copy of my slides, you can grab them here:

Windows 8 Installation Options Screen Shot

 

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