After downloading the RDP client from the Mac App Store I signed on with my Microsoft Id. An invitation was presented and I accepted and started a new session. Basically this is a remote session using a Microsoft RDP client connection to a virtual machine running Windows Server 2012 R2 on Azure.
The logon took some time before an Internet Explorer window became visible.
The performance was quite good for casual web surfing.
It’s even possible to use RemoteIE for playing Youtube videos with acceptable frame rate and with good sound.
Main usage for this service is probably going to be for developers and testers testing future versions of IE without having the latest bits installed locally. This is great for Mac or Linux users who would like to test against IE.
There is a drawback, sessions idle after 10 minutes and can only last for 60 minutes.
Its possible to use FTP to access diagnostics logs in Windows Azure websites.
When using FTP to access your Azure website, it’s important that the provided credentials is in the right format. The format you should supply is like this: site_name\your_username. Only user and password won’t work.
3. In Visual Studio, go to Tools -> Extensions and Updates. Select Web Essentials 2012 and download. You probably have to restart Visual Studio.
Recently I have started to learn and discover how to develop for the new Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft. I have this as my evening and weekend project. The goal is to be comfortable with the tools and methods which Windows 8 Store Apps are developed.
I must say, using Windows 8 is mixed feelings. Starting to use OS X was more easy on the mind then using Windows 8. Perhaps I’m a bit conservative. Windows has had a start button since the release of Windows 95. A funny thing is, I did’nt like it at the beginning because I was used to Windows 3.1.
A few early thoughts about Windows 8:
The new Metro GUI takes time to get used to
Windows 8 is fast
Search is fast, just like having a little mini Google inside my machine