The deadline was moved back from March 14 to May 7, at which time early adopters will be automatically enrolled as regular users.
The technology was developed by a company founded by two ex-Microsoft executives.
Windows Azure is Microsoft's stack of cloud computing resources that lets you build Web apps and services based on the Windows, Microsoft .NET Framework, Visual Studio and SQL Server tools with which you're already familiar. Here's a collection of tools and information that will get you writing apps for Windows Azure today.
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The enhancements include integration with the ASP.NET Web API.
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The first release is an open source Chassis Manager software specification, which outlines power supply and fan details.
The cuts will be in the areas of block blob storage and disk/page blob storage pricing, and are scheduled to take effect on March 13.
Microsoft dropped offering its own version of Hadoop for on-premises deployments.
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At its official Visual Studio 2013 launch today, Redmond moved its flagship integrated development environment further into Windows Azure.
The company also releases SDKs for .NET and iOS.
Hortwonworks Data Platform 2.0 for Windows will be available next month.
Remote debugging is another welcome update.
There are plenty of limitations, though, including no support for Oracle Database clustering.
Scott Guthrie encouraged developers at the Visual Studio Live! conference this morning to take advantage of their Windows Azure credits through their Microsoft Developer Network subscriptions.
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Other additions include SQL Server AlwaysOn failover.
The SDK also includes a virtual machine with a built-in VS 2013 instance.