It has been a little while since Redmond added new features to Windows Azure, but the technology titan has recently announced a bucket load of new enhancements to its ever growing cloud platform.

First up among these new updates is the general availability of the Windows Azure Backup Service.

As the name so aptly gives way, this allows users the ability to back up files and folders to a cloud server. Scott Guthrie explained this in a detailed blog post that also goes over a bunch of other changes to the Windows Azure service — six of them in fact.

Here is an overview of the Windows Azure Backup Service:

“Windows Azure Backup is a cloud based backup solution for Windows Server which allows files and folders to be backed up and recovered from the cloud, and provides off-site protection against data loss. The service provides IT administrators and developers with the option to back up and protect critical data in an easily recoverable way from any location with no upfront hardware cost.”

Also new is the launch of the public preview version of Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager.

This lets customers replicate and recover critical systems at another location. Microsoft has also released version 2.2 of its Windows Azure SDK, which brings a number of new features including Visual Studio 2013 support.

All these enhancements are now available for all users, so check out the details at the link above that also includes a couple of handy tutorials.

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