WebMatrix 2 shipped this week with some new Windows Azure-related features!

For all the details, visit http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2012/09/06/webmatrix-2-is-released-new-windows-azure-features.aspx

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Download Windows Azure Web Site applications to WebMatrix
    Windows Azure allows you to download your existing Windows Azure Website project into WebMatrix to work on locally or help you create a new project from the Application Gallery, or from a set of pretty cool templates.
  • Publish to Windows Azure
    Once you have an application downloaded, created from template or application gallery, or created from scratch, you can use WebMatrix to publish right back up to Windows Azure. You can import publish settings as downloaded from your Windows Azure Website dashboard, and publish right back up to the cloud. It’s really simple to use, and WebMatrix, like Visual Studio, is smart enough to only push the changed bits back to the cloud, optimizing the upload performance and getting your changes up and running as fast as possible.
  • Publish your Database
    Your application have a database with it? No problem! In addition to your published code, WebMatrix can also publish the scheme or database with your application

Congrats to the guys on the WebMatrix team! WebMatrix does more, of course, than just support Windows Azure applications, but you can learn more about that on the Web Matrix website as well as the new release announcement.