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  • Windows Azure Websites team has been working hard to add new cool features for our customers. The highlights for this release are:

    1. Windows Azure Websites Remote Debugging connects two of Microsoft’s most powerful tools, the Azure cloud and Visual Studio. You can connect Visual Studio to your own Azure Website and gain full control. You can set breakpoints, manipulate memory directly, step through code and even change the code path.  It’s the only way to truly see how your website behaves in the wild.
    2. Windows Azure Websites introduced support for the websockets protocol for both ASP.NET and node.js application developers. Websockets support is available to applications running in all scale modes subject to the following per-website-instance connection limits (free: max of 5 concurrent websockets connections; shared: max of 35 concurrent connections; standard: max of 350 concurrent connections).
    3. Windows Azure Websites added support for Azure operation logs which allows customers to view the management operation history scoped to subscriptions and resources within a subscription from Azure portal. You can see a list of all management operations, like create, delete and update performed against your websites.
    4. PHP 5.5 is now available as a new non-default PHP runtime option for Azure Web Sites. There is no SQL extension support for PHP 5.5 at this time. The default PHP runtime version is updated from PHP 5.3 to PHP 5.4. PHP 5.3 will continue to be available as a non-default option. The PHP version for the site can be selected at any time from the Windows Azure Management Portal, Windows Azure Cross Platform Command Line Tools, or Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets.
    5. New XDT transform based functionality can be leveraged to define site extensions and apply a wide range of standard ApplicationHost.config configuration options per site. Preliminary documentation is available here.
    Check out Scott Guthrie's Blog Post here for more information about some of these features.
    Tuesday, November 5, 2013 1:46 AM