Windows Azure SDK 1.3 and new Azure Portal released!

See http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7a1089b6-4050-4307-86c4-9dadaa5ed018&displaylang=en

The new portal is a completely revamped Silverlight application, just log into your portal as normal and you will be given the option to go to the new portal.

I blogged from PDC about the new items in the SDK, including more of an Infrastructure as a Service approach, allowing you to remote desktop into instance, run installs in elevated permissions mode, use your own VMs, and much more.

This is a huge upgrade and we are very excited to start leveraging this for our Event Board and other Cloud Based solutions!

UPDATE: It took all of 30 minutes to install the SDK and upgrade to the new version and get it running in the cloud! I love the new portal and the ability to Remote into my instances!