SDK 1.5 – emulator higher fidelity local/cloud development & deployment; assembly/package validation before deployment. Tools for VS – profile running applications; ASP.NET MVC3 Web Role; multi service confs per project; improved packages validation. Service Management API – rollback in-progress config update or service upgrade; more descriptive status for role instances [GetDeployment()]; GetSubscription(). Marketplace – 25 new markets internationally starting next month [applications & datasets]; Microsoft Translator APIs now available. AppFabric Service Bus – improve pub/sub messaging by supporting Queues, Topics and Subscriptions, and Rules.
Storage Geo-Replication – blobs & tables; on for all accounts; no change in performance as updates are asynchronous. Storage REST API – table upsert [InsertOrReplace() / InsertOrMerge()]; table projection; queue UpdateMessage [extend visibility timeout]; InsertMessage with visibility timeout. SQL Azure Q2 2011 – foundational updates for scalability and performance; co-admin support [multi database admins]; more spatial data types; new portal. SQL Azure Import/Export Hosted Service CTP – import/export using blob storage.