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Learn more about Azure and its new features Vol 13-27 | December, 2010
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At PDC10 , we announced a smorgasbord of new features and enhancements to Windows Azure that would provide better support for the enterprise, make it more affordable and give you a better experience developing for and managing the cloud. Many of these features are now available as betas or CTPs (Community Technology Previews) via the new 1.3 version of the SDK and Visual Studio Tools as well as the new management portal .

Among the now-available goodies are:

-Full IIS: Web roles now have full IIS functionality, which means you can have multiple IIS websites for each web role and install IIS modules.

-New roles: Virtual machine roles to support more kinds of applications, and Windows Server 2008 R2 roles which can take advantage of Window Server’s full range of features. 

-“Extra Small” Azure instances: Low-cost, and perfect for learning and prototyping. 

-Elevated privileges: Web and worker roles can now run with elevated admin privileges.

-Multiple admins: Azure accounts can now have multiple Live IDs with admin powers.

-Windows Azure Marketplace: A place to share, buy and sell components, premium data sets, training and services that Azure developers need.

-Better experience: A redesigned portal, new diagnostics, easier sign-ups and better forums.

The announcement in the Windows Azure Team blog covers these improvements in greater detail. Check them out, then see which Azure package is right for your needs . With all these new features, there’s never been a better time to dive into cloud computing with Azure!

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Azure Fest-Mississauga-Dec. 11th, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Come to AzureFest and let us show you how developing and deploying Azure Applications is fast and easy. You will learn how to set up your Azure account and how to take a traditional ASP.NET application and convert it for Azure and more. Free to attend, click here to learn more.
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