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Microsoft unveils new SDK for Windows Azure

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Welcome to Motifworks’ Weekly Windows Azure Update where we post key Azure news, updates and information every Friday, giving you a convenient way to stay on top of Azure cloud developments.

Microsoft releases Windows Azure Backup Service
Great roundup of recent Windows Azure developments, including its release of Windows Azure Pack to enable service providers to expand their cloud and on-premise hybrid capabilities, according to Redmond Channel Partner.

Microsoft announces GA for Cloud OS
Microsoft’s Brad Anderson, Corporate VP of Windows Server & System Center, announces the release of a “pre-built Windows Server 2012 R2 image in the Windows Azure Image gallery.” This functionality gives users the ability to provision virtual machines with this new OS in a faster timeframe.

Microsoft acquires API management delivery platform company
Microsoft has acquired Apiphany, a Washington, D.C. startup that develops an application-programming-interface management platform. Microsoft will make this service available as part of Windows Azure.

Microsoft provides new ways to manage SQL Server Back Up to Windows Azure
Microsoft now offers new methods to use Windows Azure to back up and recover SQL Server databases. These features “provide an easy path to cloud backup and disaster recovery for on-premises SQL Server databases.”

Microsoft unveils new SDK for Windows Azure
Microsoft this week released SDK 2.2 to enhance debugging as well as provide integrated sign-in from Visual Studio and access to Management Libraries for .NET development.

Microsoft continues investments to build its hybrid cloud offering
Microsoft’s investments in its cloud platform aim to take its rivals head-on – especially when it comes to hybrid cloud, according to Gigaom.

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