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Azure SDK for .NET Support and Retirement Information

Updated: April 29, 2014

The Windows Azure SDK for .NET is the core building block that helps developers author Cloud Services using Windows Azure Service Runtime Programming model, debug using emulators on the local machine, and deploy to Windows Azure data centers in the cloud. As new versions of the SDK are released, support for side-by-side Cloud Service debugging or specific version of operating systems, Microsoft Visual Studio, and .NET Framework may change. Older versions of the SDK will also be retired from time to time.

This topic contains the following information:

  • Windows Azure SDK for .NET Support Policy

  • Retirement dates and support information for specific versions of the Windows Azure SDK

  • Links to more information

Windows Azure Cloud Services will support no fewer than the latest two SDK versions for deploying new Cloud Services. Microsoft will provide notification 12 months before retiring a SDK in order to smooth the transition to a supported version.

The Windows Azure SDK Policy covers Windows Azure SDK Authoring Tools, REST APIs, Client Libraries, Command line utilities, Compute & Storage Emulators, and Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio.

For a specific version of the SDK, side-by-side Cloud Service debugging is supported for that version and the previous version. For example, version 2.0 of the SDK supports side-by-side debugging for versions 2.0 and 1.8 of the SDK.

The following table lists the release dates, retirement dates, and support information for specific versions of the Windows Azure SDK for .NET.

 

Windows Azure SDK

Release Date

Official Retirement Date

.NET Framework Support

Operating System Support

Visual Studio Support

2.3

April 9 2014

To be determined (TBD)

3.5 SP1, 4.0, 4.5

Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Visual Studio 2012/Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 OR

Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2012/Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2013 Preview (only when installing the Windows Azure Tools).

2.2

October 23 2013

TBD

3.5 SP1, 4.0, 4.5

Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Visual Studio 2012/Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 OR

Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2012/Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2013 Preview (only when installing the Windows Azure Tools).

2.1

July 2013

TBD

3.5 SP1, 4.0, 4.5

Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Preview, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Professional/Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 OR

Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2010 Express SP1/Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2012 (only when installing the Windows Azure Tools).

2.0

April 2013

TBD

3.5 SP1, 4.0, 4.5

Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Professional/Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 OR

Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2010 Express SP1/Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2012 (only when installing the Windows Azure Tools).

1.8/October 2012

October 2012

TBD

3.5 SP1, 4.0

Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Professional/Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 OR

Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2010 Express SP1/Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2012 (only when installing the Windows Azure Tools).

1.7 SP1/August 2012

August 2012

TBD

3.5 SP1, 4.0

Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Professional/Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 OR

Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2010 Express SP1/Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2012 (only when installing the Windows Azure Tools).

1.7/June 2012

June 2012

TBD

3.5 SP1, 4.0

Windows 7, Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 SP2

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Professional/Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 RC OR

Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2010 Express SP1/Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2012 RC (only when installing the Windows Azure Tools)

1.6/November 2011

November 2011

TBD

3.5 SP1, 4.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2 or greater, Windows Server 2008 SP2 or greater

Visual Studio 2010 (Standard or above) OR

Visual Web Developer 2010 Express Edition

1.5/September 2011

September 2011

June 1 2014

3.5 SP1, 4.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2 or greater, Windows Server 2008 SP2 or greater

Visual Studio 2010 (Standard or above) OR

Visual Web Developer 2010 Express Edition

1.4/March 2011

March 2011

June 1 2014

3.5 SP1, 4.0

Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Vista

Visual Studio 2010 (Standard or above) OR

Visual Web Developer 2010 Express Edition

1.3/November 2010

November 2010

June 1 2014

3.5 SP1, 4.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2 or greater, or Windows Server 2008 SP2 or greater

Visual Studio 2010 (Standard or above) OR

Visual Web Developer 2010 Express Edition

1.2/May 2010

May 2010

June 1 2014

3.5 SP1, 4.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or greater, or Windows Server 2008

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (Standard or above) OR

Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition with SP1 or Visual Studio 2010 (Standard or above) or Visual Web Developer 2010 Express Edition

1.1/February 2010

February 2010

June 1 2014

3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or greater, or Windows Server 2008

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (Standard or above) or Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition with SP1 or Visual Studio 2010 (Standard or above) or Visual Web Developer 2010 Express Edition

1.0/November 2009

November 2009

June 1 2014

3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or greater, or Windows Server 2008

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (Standard or above) or Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition with SP1 or Visual Studio 2010 (Standard or above) or Visual Web Developer 2010 Express Edition

To download the current version of the SDK, see Downloads.

For release notes and information on previous versions of the SDK, see Previous Versions: Windows Azure SDK for .NET

For more information on the lifecycle policy details for the Guest OS and SDK, see Windows Azure Cloud Services Support Lifecycle Policy.

For information on which Windows Azure SDK versions are compatible with which Guest OS releases, see Windows Azure Guest OS Releases and SDK Compatibility Matrix

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