From PDC: Microsoft Pushes Windows Phone and Announces Azure Enhancements

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This morning’s PDC keynote was highlighted by presentations by Steve Ballmer, Bob Muglia, Scott Guthrie, Mark Russinovich and Don Box.

Steve Ballmer pushed Windows Phone 7 and announced that all the lucky PDC paid attendees would get a free Windows Phone 7 device. Pretty cool. The other portions of the keynote were all about Windows Azure and SQL Azure. 

Some of the key enhancements include:

  • Windows Azure Virtual Machine Role – This new Azure role enables customers to create VM’s in the cloud.
  • Server Application Virtualization – This is the cloud-based server equivalent of App-V for Windows Azure. This allows server applications to be rolled out to Azure worker roles with no need for a formal installation process. A new CTP is planned before the end of 2010.
  • Support for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 inside the new VM role – Windows Server 2008 R2 will be supported this year and the Windows Server 2003 and 2008 SP2 OSs will come in 2011.
  • SQL Azure Reporting – SQL Azure will be able to host Reporting Services enabling businesses to publish their report to SQL Azure instances. A CTP will be available before the end of 2010.
  • SQL Azure Data Sync – This enhancement allows SQL Azure to synchronized databases between other SQL Azure instances and on-premise SQL Server instances. A CTP will be available before the end of 2010.
  • Database Manager for SQL Azure – Another SQL Azure enhancement is the lightweight web based management application for SQL Azure. The Database Manager for SQL Azure will be generally available before the end of 2010.
  • Windows Azure Marketplace – Like you seen in the mobile space, Microsoft will also offer an Azure marketplace where developers can market their Azure applications or buy other existing Azure services or applications.

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