Recent Azure Highlights – November 2013

Earlier this week Scott Guthrie had a another round of announcements (just two weeks since the last round) of Azure awesomeness . Highlights included:

  • Web Sites now support remote debugging
  • WebSocket support for Azure Web Sites
  • Continuous delivery support for Git in TFS

Some takeaways for me are that Azure Web Sites are receiving the same TLC as traditional Azure Cloud Services (web and worker roles). Also, Git is becoming a first class citizen in the TFS/Microsoft world. Git provides key capabilities that allows enterprises to be more collaborative than traditional TFS version control and aligns with open source development practices that foster multiple contributors across projects.

In other Azure news, Microsoft has released the Windows Azure Scheduler. It provides the often needed capability of invoking services or messages on simple or complex recurring schedule. This eliminates the need to rely on third party services or bootstrapping a service to use a task scheduler library. Sandrino Di Mattia has an excellent overview of the service here: http://fabriccontroller.net/blog/posts/a-complete-overview-to-get-started-with-the-windows-azure-scheduler/