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Microsoft updates Windows Azure tools

The software maker said it has it has fixed bugs and sped up the performance of the developer tools needed to write programs for Microsoft's cloud-based operating system.

Microsoft said on Wednesday that it has released an update to the developer kit for its Windows Azure cloud-based operating system.

The company said the updated tools fix bugs and speed performance, as well as add better integration with Visual Studio and other tweaks.

Microsoft unveiled Azure and offered up the first community technology preview version of its tools at the Professional Developers Conference in October.

"Microsoft will continue to release updates to the Windows Azure SDK based on feedback from developers," the company said in a statement.

In a December interview, server and tools unit President Bob Muglia said that developers are mostly kicking the tires on Azure right now, but said that some services would go into production later this year.