Setting up Visual Studio

After creating account, we can proceed with setting up the development environment.

Windows Azure applications can be developed in multiple environments.

  • Visual Studio 2008, 2010
  • Standalone SDK

In this article, we are focusing on setting up SDK for Visual Studio.

Open the url: and click on the Get Tools & SDK button.


On clicking the button an executable named WindowsAzureToolsVS2010.exe will be downloaded. Run the executable and it will be installing the needed tools for Visual Studio.

The installer above will be installing all the required features including Azure Tools, SDK, ASP.NET MVC, IIS settings, hotfixes etc.

After the installation, you can start the Visual Studio and from the New Project dialog box you can view the Azure Project item.


SDK Tool Runtime Components

Following are some of the important components of runtime.

Windows Azure Compute Emulator This is the tool that enables local Azure environment for developing and testing applications.

Windows Azure Storage Emulator This is the tool that enable storage (Blob, Queue, Table) services in the local machine.

SDK Support for Other Languages

There is SDK support for other languages like:

  • Java
  • PHP
  • Ruby

Know Issues

You can read the known issues associated with the latest SDK 1.5 release.

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