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Microsoft Azure Cloud Shell Lands at Build 2017, While Azure App Comes to iOS and Android

Azure Cloud Shell is available to customers anywhere and provides a browser-based shell hosted within the cloud platform.


At Build 2016 last year, CEO said is now a mobile first, cloud first company. While the first part of that equation is slowly being dropped, Microsoft is very much a cloud company these days. So, at Build 2017, Azure is taking a front seat.

On day 1 of the conference, Microsoft announced Azure Cloud Shell and several other new abilities for its cloud platform.

Azure Cloud Shell is a complement to IDE and the Azure Portal. With this service, customers get a browser-based shell that is authenticated and hosted within Azure. The company says it is available to customers from anywhere in the world.

Each Cloud Shell session provides users with a automatically set up environment that syncs to a $Home directory stored in Azure. Microsoft says this allows customers to enable a persisting file, like an automation script.

The new service is updated through common command line tools. It can also support numerous programming languages.

Mobile Support

Also at Build 2017, Microsoft announced that it is bringing Azure mobile apps to iOS and . By doing this, Azure cloud users on those other platforms can manage their cloud service on the move. Microsoft says the new Cloud Shell will also be supported across platform on mobile.

This is an interesting development. I am sure users on Windows 10 Mobile will be aware that there is no Azure app for the platform.

We have seen Microsoft embrace rival platforms over its own before. It makes sense that the company would reach out to Azure customers on iOS and Android. Many millions of customers simply use those platforms more than they do Windows.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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