Here is a quick link to what Microsoft recently released for Windows Azure. Highlights include Windows Azure SDK updates to support Windows 8 and improvements to the Visual Studio tools. Also signficant support for Infrastructure as a Service(IaaS) in the following areas:

  • Virtual machines allow you to upload custom VMs or use pre-defined VMs from the gallery and run them in the Azure cloud.
  • Quick and simple hosting of Web sites which you can upload to Azure.
  • Virtual networking allows you to integrate your on-premise network seamlessly with your Azure hosted components or manage subnets of virtual machines running in the Cloud.