Cloud9 IDE, Inc., the leading cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for web and mobile applications, has announced the availability of Windows Azure deployment from the IDE. Windows Azure is an open cloud platform that enables users to manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. The integration offers Node.js developers the advantages of a comprehensive cloud-based development environment, paired with Windows Azure’s industry-leading ease of use, scalability, and interoperability.

Cloud9 IDE runs in modern web browsers and enables developers to run, debug and deploy Node.js applications from anywhere, at anytime. Integrating the Node.js IDE with Windows Azure allows developers to directly deploy applications and permanently host code on Windows Azure’s robust services platform. Developers can instantly benefit from Windows Azure’s high availability and ‘infinite scale’ model, which enables users to deploy enterprise-level applications globally, with the ability to grow or shrink resource usage based on need.

“We’re pleased to offer Windows Azure deployment from Cloud9 IDE,” said Ruben Daniels, CEO, Cloud9 IDE. “Like Cloud9, Microsoft has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Node.js community through Windows Azure. This relationship shows how quickly Node.js is becoming the runtime of cloud, and proves that a fully cloud-based development workflow is now a reality.”

Developers can also take advantage of the Node-specific capabilities offered by both Cloud9 IDE and Windows Azure. Cloud9 IDE offers a variety of Node features, such as syntax highlighting, NPM support, code completion, testing and in-browser debugging. The company also recently announced a variety of tools designed to support the growth of the Node.js community, including, a blog featuring high-quality Node.js tutorials, and, Cloud9 IDE’s Node documentation site. Similarly, Node.js developers can utilize Windows Azure’s new Node.js Developer Center and Windows Azure SDK for Node.js.

“Windows Azure’s adoption of Node.js gives customers new and powerful options that let them take advantage of the openness and flexibility of the cloud,” said, Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Server and Tools Business. “By working with Cloud9 IDE, our goal is to make development even easier for customers and to continue to demonstrate our support for interoperability.”

The Windows Azure integration marks a significant milestone as Cloud9 IDE continues to revolutionize the landscape of modern-day programming. Developers can now extend the professional Node.js experience offered by Cloud9 IDE onto Windows Azure, for a complete end-to-end development solution.