New In-Place Update Features for Windows Azure

Starting today Microsoft released improvements to Windows Azure that permit additional changes to the service model without the need to delete and redeploy. You can now perform in-place updates for:

  • changing of the VM size (increase or decrease the VM size)
  •  increase local storage
  • add or remove roles
  • change endpoints

Be sure to check out the full announcement at There you will find a summary table of all the new features, as well as guidance on when you may want to use an in-place update vs. VIP swap vs. redeploying the service.