Entity Framework is Microsoft's recommended data access technology for new applications in .NET. We'll explore how the current release of Entity Framework can be used to build applications. We'll also look at an early preview of EF7, a modern, lighter weight, and composable version of Entity Framework (EF) that can be used on a variety of platforms, including ASP.NET vNext, Windows Phone and Windows Store. This new version will also support targeting non-relational data stores.
See how ESRI is using Azure for geospatial analytics. Art Haddad, Location Analytics CTO at ESRI, explains how the ease of development with Microsoft Azure was exactly what ESRI was looking for: "We chose Microsoft Azure because we wanted the best."