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Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio Code and Office as a platform at Build 2015


Microsoft has revealed a few new services for working with data in its Azure, along with that the Redmond giant has also announced nifty enhancements of its existing Azure SQL Database service at its BUILD conference today.

The new Azure SQL Data Warehouse can store a company’s important relational data in cloud, while the Azure Data Lake is a new repository for big data analytics. The whole idea behind Data Lake is – as the name suggests – to give developers a single place where they can store all their structured as well as semi-structured data. The data can be stored in its native format without having to worry about storage and limitations on individual files.

“We are creating this concept of elastic database tools that enable the SaaS [software as a service] vendor to aggregate large numbers of databases and be able to have a predictable business on top of this unpredictable sort of workflow,” T.K. “Ranga” Rengarajan, corporate vice president of data in Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise division, told VentureBeat in an interview this week.

The company also announced previews of a free cross-platform code editor called Visual Studio Code, along with a new app-monitoring feature within Visual Studio Online called Application Insights. These Visual Studio announcements are primarily to allow cross-platform development.

“If you look at the world today, when people talk about mobile applications, they invariably think about iOS, they think about Android, and they think about Windows,” S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s developer division, told VentureBeat in an interview.

The new Visual Studio Code will be available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows. It comes with code completion, Git integration, linting and sophisticated debugging capability. Moreover, the code editor is also compatible with a wide range of languages.

“You can use this tool to be able to build modern web and cloud applications, with fantastic support for ASP.NET, Node.js, and TypeScript,” Somasegar said.

“It gives you availability information, reliability information, usage information, and performance information, combined into one set of insights and one dashboard,” added Somasegar.

The company also showed off a preview for a new APIs, which developers can use to get data out of multiple Microsoft Office apps.

Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella was present alongside GM of Office extensibility at Microsoft Rob Lefferts to run through a demo of the new service.

Nadella was particularly excited by the demo and said, “That’s the powerful concept — you no longer are going to different applications for different data.”

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