Microsoft continues to launch cloud-based tools with Visual Studio Online

14 November 2013

During the last several years, Microsoft has not hidden the fact that it is looking to create a cloud-centric experience for its enterprise clients to leverage. It's a smart move, as businesses continue to adopt cloud systems at an incredible rate. Market Research Media data found that the global cloud computing market will increase at an astonishing compound annual growth rate of 30 percent from 2015 to 2020. 

Microsoft has fully embraced this movement and continues to introduce products that make cloud integration easy. According to ZDNet, the software giant recently launched Visual Studio Online, a Windows Azure platform that will make bring elements of the desktop Visual Studio software to the cloud. The source noted that it's the latest way Microsoft is delivering on its promise to include cloud components for all of its on-site software offerings. 

Included in the web-based version of Studio Online is Monaco, a coding landscape ZDNet indicated is tailored to the cloud environment. With this tool, developers can edit Azure-based websites directly from an Internet browser via desktop or mobile device. It's an exciting feature that is sure to entice many IT professionals to invest in Microsoft training for Azure and Virtual Studio, as it will give them the necessary skills to use such a flexible editing service. 

Integration in practice
One of the most significant advantages of Virtual Studio on Azure is that the software is designed to integrate easily with other Microsoft software suites such as SharePoint. In fact, Toyota has recently implemented both products as it looks to overhaul its social networking site, 

According to a Microsoft case study, the automaker is leveraging Azure in order to develop the site in the cloud, while it is using SharePoint 2013 to manage content creation and various blogs on The fact that data generated by both products can be accessed on each platform provides more flexibility for Toyota developers. 

Because it is hosted in the cloud environment, Toyota General Manager Hidehiko Sasaki says that the company does not have to purchase additional hardware as the site develops. 

"With SharePoint 2013 running in Windows Azure, we can deliver infrastructure as a service and eliminate the need to buy and maintain on-site hardware," Sasaki indicated. "And as site membership grows, we can easily add additional computing resources without needing to purchase physical servers."

With the right Microsoft certification courses, IT professionals can take advantage of dynamic solutions that have proven to be cost-effective and productive for Toyota. As ZDNet's report showed, Microsoft only continues to bring its products closer together, creating innumerable opportunities for IT teams capable of managing SharePoint, Azure and other Microsoft products. 

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