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Support and Retirement Information for the Azure SDK for .NET and APIs

Updated: July 8, 2015

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The Azure SDK for .NET is the core building block that helps developers author Cloud Services using Azure Service Runtime Programming model, debug using emulators on the local machine, and deploy to 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.

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 Azure SDK Policy covers Azure SDK Authoring Tools, Command line utilities, Compute & Storage Emulators, and 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 Azure SDK for .NET.

 

Azure SDK

Release Date

Official Retirement Date

.NET Framework Support

Operating System Support

Visual Studio Support

2.7

July 20 2015

To be determined (TBD)

4.0, 4.5, 4.5.1, 4.5.2*, 4.6*

Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Technical Preview, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 with at least Update 4/Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 OR

Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2013 (only when installing the Azure Tools).

2.6

April 29 2015

To be determined (TBD)

4.0, 4.5, 4.5.1, 4.5.2*, 4.6*

Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Technical Preview, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft Visual Studio 2012/Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 with at least Update 4/Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 RC OR

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

2.5

November 12 2014

To be determined (TBD)

4.0, 4.5, 4.5.1

Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Technical Preview, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft Visual Studio 2012/Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 with at least Update 3/Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Preview OR

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

2.4

August 4 2014

TBD

4.0, 4.5

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

Microsoft Visual Studio 2012/Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 OR

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

2.3

April 9 2014

TBD

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 Azure Tools).

2.2

October 23 2013

TBD

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 Azure Tools).

2.1

July 2013

November 12 2015

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 Azure Tools).

2.0

April 2013

November 12 2015

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 Azure Tools).

1.8/October 2012

October 2012

November 12 2015

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 Azure Tools).

1.7 SP1/August 2012

August 2012

November 12 2015

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 Azure Tools).

1.7/June 2012

June 2012

November 12 2015

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 Azure Tools)

1.6/November 2011

November 2011

November 12 2015

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

* For Cloud Services .NET 4.5.2 or .NET 4.6 must be manually installed on your role by following the instructions here.

The Azure REST APIs offer programmatic access to Azure services.  The REST APIs can be accessed from within a service running in Azure, or directly over the internet from any application that can send an HTTP/HTTPS request and receive an HTTP/HTTPS response.

The Client Libraries provide the required API’s to write client applications. Most of the Azure services offer client libraries for .NET, Java, Node.js, and a few other languages as well.  All of these libraries are wrappers around the service REST APIs. As new versions of the REST APIs and Client Libraries are released, older versions may be retired.

Microsoft will provide notification at least 12 months in advance before retiring a REST API or client library, in order to smooth the transition to a newer/supported version.

All versions of the Azure storage services REST APIs prior to version 2012-02-12 will be removed on December 9, 2015, as announced in this Microsoft Azure Storage Team Blog post. This includes the following versions:

We strongly recommend that you upgrade to the latest version as early as possible. For details on determining which service version your applications use or upgrading the client libraries that your applications use, please refer to this Microsoft Azure Storage Team Blog post. It’s recommended that you begin application upgrades now in order to avoid being impacted when the earlier service versions are removed on December 9, 2015.

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

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

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

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

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