Windows Azure has added new support for a number of services including PhoneGap, Dropbox and Hadoop.
According to a blog post by Scott Guthrie, a corporate vice president in the Microsoft Tools and Servers group, developers can connect both HTML5 web-client apps, Apache Cordova/PhoneGap and Windows Phone 7.5 clients to use Windows Azure Mobile Services as a backend. The new mobile services web client library, he writes, supports Internet Explorer 8 and “current versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, plus PhoneGap 2.3.0+.”
Windows Azure also now supports site and app deployment from Dropbox to any website.
Windows Azure is also supporting Mercurial repositories when setting up continuous deployment of websites from CodePlex or Bitbucket repositories. They have also made updates to the user interface.
HDInsight, a new service for Windows Azure, provides the capability to deploy, manage and use Hadoop clusters running on Windows Azure.
The Windows Azure user interface is a differentiator for Microsoft. It is consistent with the company’s user interface. That’s compared to Amazon Web Services, which is still most widely used to program from the command line.