Screencast: “To the cloud!” (In 90 seconds, or less)


I’ve spoken with a lot of developers recently who haven’t yet adopted the Windows Azure platform, often because they think the process is difficult, time-consuming or requires some kind of advanced ninja training to get up and running.

This video will show you that it can be done in 90 seconds or less, without writing a single line of code!

In the screen cast, I’ll show you how to create a new Azure project in Visual Studio 2010, add a web role to the project, create a deployment package, upload it to the cloud, and then view it running in the cloud.

Before you begin though, head over to the Windows Azure site, and make sure you’ve activated a Windows Azure subscription. If you’re an MSDN or BizSpark subscriber, you get a free basic subscription anyway which is great for this demo. If you’re not, don’t worry, because until June 30th, Microsoft are giving you a free trial, too. Just get started at

It’s seriously easy to do, so what are you waiting for – get going! :)

EDIT 30/03/2011:
In this video, I’ve shortened the “deployment” sequence to fit within the timeframe, but it should be noted it is normal for this part of the process to take anywhere between 15-30 minutes (while the Azure platform does what it does to spin up the resources it needs to run your solution). Thanks to all the watchers who pointed out that this fact was probably worth mentioning! :)

As always, feedback is appreciated and welcome.

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2 thoughts on “Screencast: “To the cloud!” (In 90 seconds, or less)

  1. a s

    thanks for ur blog.. i want to subscripe to windows azure platform but im fro United Arab Emirates ( Middle East).. it is not support for this region and i have to do it for my thesis project., so there is any solution for me

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