Building an Office365 development machine using Microsoft Azure VirtualMachines in no time
Today Microsoft announced the availability of client machines in Microsoft Azure. This turns out to be a great deal for Office365 Developers too. By just creating a new Machine (let's take a Windows 8.1 including Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 for example) you can easily spin of an Office365 development machine in no time.
When logged in to the Azure Portal, you've to navigate to Virtual Machines and select New and pick an Image from the Gallery
After speifing names, urls and accounts for your new development box, Microsoft Azure is spinning the Virtual Machine and after a few seconds you can access your new development box by using a common RDP Connection. If you're not familiar with Azure Virtual Machines, you can grab the RDP Connection directly from the portal by selecting the Virtual Machine from the list of all Virtual Machines and click the Connect button in the Actions Pane on the bottom of the Page.
Once you've connected to your new development box, fire up Visual Studio 2013 and type in your Microsoft Account in order to sync all your settings from your regular development machine.
Once that's done you should go out to http://dev.office.com and grab the latest Office 365 API Tools in order to build your Office365 App using your new DevBox.