Visual Studio 2015 has built-in support for many basic Azure functions, such as creating and deploying a website or set of mobile services. These features require an Azure portal account. This section covers the basics of setting up your portal account, linking it to Visual studio, and managing your Azure subscription. The sections that follow cover creating and deploying an Azure application with Visual Studio and using the Azure Portal to monitor and manage your application.
Microsoft has also created an Azure SDK for Visual Studio that ships separately. This is covered later in this chapter.