Just Monday I blogged about playing with Windows 10 on an Azure VM, Want to play with Windows 10? Have Azure? One quick VM Gallery Visit and you're in..., now here's an example of how you can play with the new Visual Studio 2013 Community edition on a Azure VM too...
We recently announced a new version of Visual Studio.What was interesting in the announcement of Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition which would replace the existing Visual Studio Express and Professional and that it would be a free development
Well we ended up hosting Visual Images in the Azure Image Gallery so now you can spin up an image in the Microsoft Azure VM portal which has Windows Server 2012 R2 and Visual Studio Community Edition 2013 so even if you don't have a Windows 8 desktop you can us your MacBook or even a iPad or Android Tablet to build and deploy apps across all platforms using Visual Studio
So its really easy to provision a Windows Server 2012 R2 with Visual Studio Community Edition already installed what neat is that the VM has all the Windows 8 and Azure SDK installed.
Windows Server 2012 R2 is pretty close to Windows 8 So you get a very modern development environment so you can build apps for Windows phone, Windows 8, Android and iOS.
So is it difficult to setup as I don't use Windows 8?
To set this up it takes around 9 clicks and a short wait of between 5 and 8 minutes…."
BTW, as you can see in the above snap, you can play with the latest beta of Visual Studio 2015 on a VM too... :)