Get started with Windows Azure

Haven’t tried Windows Azure?  This is your chance!

We are offering you a FREE Azure account so you can try the Azure platform yourself , and deploy your applications to the cloud.

All you need to do is to fill out the form bellow (name , e-mail) , and the account will be sent to you. Don’t wait too long ! You have this chance until Saturday 26th of Feb. After that the form will be closed. So go ahead and register now!!

What do I need to get started?

1. Operating System

The tools are supported on:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Vista

2. You need to enable IIS (with ASP.NET, WCF HTTP Activation)

Go to control panel –> Programs –> Turn Windows Features On or Off –> Internet Information Services –> World Wide Web Services –> Application Development Features –> Turn on ASP.NET and CGI

Under Microsoft.NET Framework 3.5.1 –> turn on Windows Communication Foundation HTTP Activation , and click OK .

3. Development Environment

  • Visual Studio 2008
  • Visual Studio 2010
  • Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express.
  • SQL Server 2005 Express Edition or above. (It will be installed automatically with Visual Studio)

4. Windows Azure SDK and Tools for Visual Studio

http://www.microsoft.com/Azure

NOTE: The Azure SDK is installed automatically with the tools.

And if any of the above does not work and you need any help setting your environment, you can drop a question to mhalabi@devlifestyle.net

How do I create a Windows Azure application?

Very Simple! You can learn how to create applications in Visual Studio for Windows Azure using ( C# , Java , VB.NET , PHP or Ruby ) from the following link :

http://www.azuresamples.com/

For more information on Windows Azure, go to :

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/

Fill out the following form to get a free account:

ENJOY!

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