Microsoft releases public preview of Hadoop for Windows Azure

Microsoft has been adding quite a few new features for customers of its Windows Azure cloud server service. Just two weeks ago, the company added Android app support for its Mobile Services section. Today, Microsoft announced even more new features for Windows Azure, including the first public preview of HDInsight Service.

Microsoft VP Scott Guthrie posted up word of the new additions on his blog. On the subject of the new HDInsight Service, he wrote, "HDInsight provides everything you need to quickly deploy, manage and use Hadoop clusters running on Windows Azure." Microsoft has offered HDInsight Service in private tests before today.

In addition, Guthrie wrote that Windows Azure Mobile Services can now be used as the backend on HTML5/JS clients and Windows Phone 7.5 clients, adding two more platforms to its support for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Android and iOS.

Finally, subscribers who use the services of Windows Azure Web Sites have a number of new features to play with, including being able to use Mercurial (Hg) repositories, site and app deployment from the popular Dropbox file service to web sites and some changes to its source control UI.

Source: Scott Guthrie's blog | Image via Microsoft

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