New Version of Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual  Studio extend Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 to enable the creation, building, debugging, running and packaging of Visual Studioscalable web applications and services on Windows Azure. Installation includes the Windows Azure SDK.

New for the May 2009 CTP:

  • Support for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1
  • Update for Visual Studio 2008
  • Improved integration with the Development Fabric and Storage services to improve the reliability of debug and run of Cloud Services from Visual Studio
  • Enhanced robustness and stability

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio includes:

  • C# and VB Project Templates for building Cloud Services
  • Tools to change the Service Role configuration
  • Integrated local development via the Development Fabric and Development Storage services
  • Debugging Cloud Service Roles running in the Development Fabric
  • Building and packaging of Cloud Service Packages
  • Browsing to the Azure Services Developer Portal
  • SSL Certificate selection


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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is Available for MSDN Subscribers

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Windows Azure Management Tool – MMC

Just released – Windows Azure MMC. The  Windows Azure Management Tool was created to manage your storage accounts in Windows Azure. Developed as a managed MMC, the tool allows you to create and manage both blobs and queues. Easily create and manage containers, blobs, and permissions. Add and remove queues, inspect or add messages or empty queues as well.

Windows Azure MMC


The Windows Azure MMC makes it easy to work with your storage accounts. Here are just some of the features:

  • Manage multiple storage accounts
  • Easily switch between remote and local storage services
  • Manage your blobs
    • Create containers and manage permissions
    • Upload files or even entire folders
    • Read metadata or preview the blob contents
  • Manage your queues
    • Create new queues
    • Monitor queues
    • Read (peek) messages
    • Post new messages to the queue
    • Purge queues

Known Issues

  • The current release does not work with Windows 7 due to a bug in the RC version of PowerShell. Other OS versions should be unaffected.
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