If you’re like me you’re always playing with the latest and greatest development tools from Microsoft. So, naturally, when the release candidate of Visual Studio 2012 was released I downloaded and installed it and started kicking the tires to see what had changed and improved since the last version. Of course I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t do any Windows Azure development, but there was enough new stuff to keep me occupied for a while.

Once the June 2012 version of the Windows Azure SDK was released with support for the Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate I quickly downloaded and installed it and started doing some Windows Azure development. However, I ran into a minor road bump that you might hit as well so I just wanted to give you a head’s up.

The first thing I did was to click FILE then New Project. I then expanded the C# templates and selected Cloud when I was greeted with this screen.


Huh? I just installed the Windows Azure SDK for .NET and Visual Studio 2012 RC, right? Yes, I did. The issue is with the selected version of the .NET Framework. By default .NET Framework 4.5 is selected.


Windows Azure currently does not support the .NET Framework 4.5. Once I selected the the .NET Framework 4.0 the Windows Azure Cloud Service project template appeared and I was on my way.


You can get the release candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2012 here.
You can get the Windows Azure SDK for Visual Studio 2012 RC here.



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