Day two keynote of the BUILD 2013 conference was more focused on dev stuff (well it was Scott Guthrie, not Ballmer), with topics such as Windows Azure Mobile Services, Windows Azure Web Sites.
Watch the entire keynote online:
Read the full transcript:
Windows Azure Mobile Services and Windows Azure Web Sites are finally released!
Mobile Services allows you to target Windows Phone, Android, iOS, and HTML5 for your backend. It comes with a free service tier.
Azure Web Sites hosts your sites and support a variety of languages and frameworks, including ASP.NET, PHP, Python, WordPress, and Drupal.
Interesting note for MSDN subscribers: You can now activate your Windows Azure benefits without entering a credit card number!
And if you missed it, new Windows Azure MSDN benefits were announced previously at TechEd 2013.
The promise of “One ASP.NET” comes true! Nice demo by Scott Hanselman, jump to 15:00 in the video:
“Windows Embedded 8 Industry extends Windows 8 to a range of edge devices across retail, manufacturing, healthcare and any other industries in which powerful line-of-business applications and the ability to perform a specialized function in a secure and reliable way is paramount.”
Windows 8 Ad SDK
Improved Ad SDK (for both 8 and 8.1) with more options and tools to monetize your WinRT app.
Supported ad sizes are now: 250 x 250, 300 x 250, 728 x 90, 160 x 160, and 300 x 600.
And last but not least… huge news: PayPal SDK is available!!