Microsoft Launches Azure App Service
Microsoft is rolling out a new cloud development offering called Azure App Service. It unites three other Azure services—Azure Websites, Mobile Services and Biztalk Services—into a single package. "App Service is a new service in Azure that makes it easy for developers to build web and mobile apps in the cloud," said Microsoft's Omar Khan. "It lets developers integrate data from anywhere into those apps – whether in on-premises systems or from cloud services."
According to Microsoft, developers can use the App Service to build four kinds of offerings: Web apps, mobile apps, back-end business logic integration and APIs. It supports multiple programming languages, including .NET, Java, PHP and Python, as well as popular development tools like Visual Studio, GitHub, Bitbucket and others.