Tech Giant, Microsoft has confirmed that they are launching a new cloud console for their own cloud service, Microsoft Azure. Cloud computing services traditionally come with two standard interfaces. One’s a web-based graphical interface while the other one’s the command line terminal interface. Majority of the users prefer to go with both the plans clearly keeping in mind the need of either one that may come any moment. The main problem with going with both the interface is that switching between them is not easy. Switching between them means switching between applications and terminal interfaces, and in some cases, it’s just not possible due to some limitations on either end.

New Cloud Console for Azure Portal

Now here is where Azure Portal comes in the scenario; according to company blog post, the new Microsoft Azure Cloud Console comes with an integrated workflow, that allows users to build applications on Azure using graphical interface or command line tools. The shell is integrated into the portal so that users now have the ability to quickly come up with having the command line experience, while simultaneously viewing their cloud resources in the graphical web interface.

This is truly innovative and amazing as from now on users can continue their work while being on their mobiles or tablets or even in places where command line tools aren’t installed. This makes coding a lot more easier than expected.


The key features of this experience are:

  • Automatic authentication to the command line tools from your existing web login
  • All Azure command line tools, as well as relevant command line utilities pre-installed
  • Personalized, persistent workspace that preserves your code, configuration and activity across cloud shell sessions.

Brendan Burns who is the Partner Architect at Microsoft writes in the blog “The terminal is a fully featured experience featuring not only the Azure command line tools, but also standard editors and tools you would expect. Further, the cloud shell preserves context for you”.


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