One area that Microsoft has done a lot of integration is their developer tools and the core program in that collection is Visual Studio.
They have made it nearly seamless for developers to get their apps in the right format so that they can be submitted to Windows Store or put into production in the case of Line of Business or web apps.
Of course, one place that Microsoft wants you to consider for hosting your apps is in Microsoft Azure the companies quickly expanding cloud service.
In a new post over on the Visual Studio Blog, Brian Moore the Senior Program Manager for Azure Tools is sharing details about publishing to Azure directly from within Visual Studio 2017.
The process is so streamlined that when you choose to publish your work to Azure it will also walk you through the process of creating new resources for the app or selecting your current Azure resources for it to use.
They have provided a good overview of the various resources at your disposal on Azure for your app's hosting:
-- App Service
In addition there is information about setting up a pipeline between your app and Azure plus options to extend your app with Azure Connected Services.
You can read all the details over on the Visual Studio blog.
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