What the Redmond company is actually offering customers is the SQL Azure provider for Microsoft Sync Framework. According to the software giant, the Microsoft Sync Framework Power Pack for SQL Azure November CTP brings to the table a series of new components set up to kick up a notch the process of synchronizing with SQL Azure.
Microsoft notes that this download includes runtime components that optimize performance and simplify the process of synchronizing with the cloud. The Sync Framework Power Pack for SQL Azure contains a database provider for Sync Framework that is specifically tuned for SQL Azure and a stand-alone utility for SQL Server that enables synchronization between an on-premise SQL Server database and SQL Azure. Additionally, the Sync Framework Power Pack for SQL Azure contains a Visual Studio plug-in that demonstrates how to add offline capabilities to applications which synchronize with SQL Azure by using a local SQL Server Compact database.
The Sync Framework Power Pack for SQL Azure includes SqlAzureSyncProvider, Sql Azure Offline Visual Studio Plug-In, SQL Azure Data Sync Tool for SQL Server, New SQL Azure Events, and Automated Provisioning.