New version of Windows Azure SDK(1.8) was just released.
You can download the SDK here:http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35448
Windows Azure Tools were also updated. You can find the release notes here
.Net 4.5 and Server 2012(OS Family 3)
Caching: A new version of Caching has been released. This version of Caching allows higher size limits, better performance and flexibility.
You can read the release notes http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/jj651667.aspx
ServiceBus: ServiceBus tools were also updated. You can review the release notes here. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/hh667331.aspx#New_SB
Storage: New Storage Client Library Version 2.0 was released. You can find the release notes here. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/jj721952.aspx
This version of storage library makes breaking changes. You may find the following links helpful.
Migration guide http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazurestorage/archive/2012/10/29/windows-azure-storage-client-library-2-0-breaking-changes-amp-migration-guide.asp
Introducing Windows Azure Client Storage Library 2.0 http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazurestorage/archive/2012/10/29/introducing-windows-azure-storage-client-library-2-0-for-net-and-windows-runtime.aspx
- Multiple subscriptions will be allowed in a publishsettings file.
- Support for 25 management certificates per subscription. The previous limit was 10
- More Visual Studio Tools(Storage Explorer) now leverage subscription and eliminate the need for copy and pasting credentials from Azure management portal
PowerShell: PowerShell was updated to allow you to manage:
- Cache in web/worker roles
- Azure Web Sites
- GitHub Integration
Microsoft just released RTM Windows Server 2012(OS Family 3) for Windows Azure.
This OS will support .Net SDK 4.5. This is the only version of the Operating system that will support .Net SDK 4.5
If you are running Windows Server 2008 R2 you can install .Net SDK 4.5 via a startup task.
For details you can look at the SDK Windows Azure Guest OS Releases and SDK Compatibility Matrix.
Since .Net 4.5 SDK will run on Windows Server 2012 OS Family 3 automatic grades will not be possible.
You will need to build your application with .Net 4.5 and deploy to a web/worker role. You will need to select OS family 3 as the destination.