Windows Azure Platform enables materialization of Microsoft cloud services

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Leading the future in cloud services is Microsoft who announced the availability of Windows Azure platform at their Professional Developers Conference. Windows Azure and SQL Azure will feature at the heart of Microsoft’s cloud services. Besides that, the company also proclaimed new Windows Azure properties, Windows Server capabilities and developer-centered market offerings.

Microsoft’s chief software architect, Ray Ozzie, explained the company’s plans as a ‘three screens and a cloud’ vision with software experiences provided optimally across devices hitched to cloud-based services. Increasingly, the IT sector has started making a move towards an intelligent combination of online services with on-premises programs. Seeismic, Cheezburger and WordPress have expressed their commitment in this direction for programming models engineered with Microsoft technology and tools.

“Customers want choice and flexibility in how they develop and deploy applications,” announced Ray Ozzie. “We’re moving into an era of solutions that are experienced by users across PCs, phones and the Web, and that are delivered from datacenters we refer to as private clouds and public clouds. Built specifically for this era of cloud computing, Windows Azure and SQL Azure will give developers what they need to build great applications and profitable businesses.”

Content developers have been offered an information service as a limited CTP dubbed Dallas through Microsoft Pinpoint, the company’s online marketplace. Dallas is devised around the Windows Azure platform and renders users access to commercial and reference datasets as well as content on any platform. Datasets presently available come courtesy of Citysearch, DATA.gov, Navteq, ESRI, Associated Press, NASA, the U.N., Weather Central and others.

“Microsoft is converging on a common developer platform for both servers and services. Through this convergence, Microsoft will enable developers to continue using familiar .NET Framework and Visual Studio tools and technologies, as well as third-party tools such as Eclipse, to create and monetize applications that run on the server and as services in the cloud,” commented Bob Muglia, president of Server and Tools Business, Microsoft.

Moreover, the company is extending developers ASP.NET MVC2 beta as a free download from Asp.net. Standards-based web applications can be built with the framework using JavaScript and XML AJAX integration and improved extensibility. An experimental version of server and cloud application-building service called Windows Server AppFabric Beta 1 has been let out. The technology combines hosting and caching intelligence with the Windows Azure platform AppFabric Service Bus and AppFabric Access Control.

.NET applications can be run on a universal scalable foundation to revamp Windows Server and Windows Azure with the aforementioned suite of services. AppFabric can be downloaded from Msdn.microsoft.com as a beta version, with the final version and more CTPs of Windows Azure platform AppFabric technologies to be released next year. Windows Server virtual machine assistance on Azure for customers as well as the manufacturing of Windows Identity Foundation for developers was also announced at the conference.

Microsoft’s principle investments are aimed at helping developers to leverage cloud computing abilities, move applications to private, hosted and public clouds and proffer additional services too.