Provide the ability to send Emails right from Azure
Ability to send Emails right from Azure (all roles).
There are at least three ways to enable e-mail for your Azure applications:
1.Using a custom on-premise Email Forwarder Service.
2. Using Email Server’s Web Services APIs
3.Using a third party SMTP Service
All are described in more depth here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2010/10/08/adoption-program-insights-sending-emails-from-windows-azure-part-1-of-2.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0
Please help us understand what scenarios (if any) these patterns don’t address for your applications.
Considering the simplicity and amiability of Google Apps setup (Free to some extend), it is very difficult to foresee Azure dominating cloud technology. I am saying this despite the fact that I am a diehard fan of Microsoft technologies.
Paul Hicks commented
This is a perfect example of the problems Microsoft have with their Cloud offering. Amazon provide a Simple Email Service that is free to use for a few thousand emails from your compute instance. Microsoft want you to use a third party provider, or use an Exchange Server which is overkill for sending a handfull of status emails per month.
So in response to Haris Majeed, I would say the scenario that is not covered is one where we have no 'on-premise' email server and would like to send less than 100 emails a month without having to use a third party.
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Lee Smith commented
I use: http://elasticemail.com/
it's 'pay as you send' and has a RESTful api. What else do you need?
I'd like to second Emmanuel Huna's view on this. And as far as I understand it, the options mentioned when this feature request moved to "completed" are just workarounds for a missing feature. This is still too complicated for such a common task
Steven Nagy commented
Presumably you could now also spin up your own VM role that has exchange installed?
Consider to add a native service to send email directly from inside Azure.
There's a great blog post by the Windows Azure team on how to send mail from Azure.
Check out SendGrid / AuthSMTP / PostMark all very capable providers
Steven Nagy commented
+1 Vote - Totally agree with this request. Pay per email, whatever the pricing strategy, I don't care. Currently people are just going to use the Gmail relay. The differentiator for Azure will be the X service offerings that seamlessly integrate with the platform.
Sending an email is a fundamental requirement of any cloud hosting solution. Yet both Azure and Amazon seem to be missing it. In the mean time we are using Elastic Email, which is cheap and good. http://elasticemail.com
Slightly off topic but http://cloudmail.codeplex.com/
Great, just make sure that it's not economically viable for spammers.
Emmanuel Huna commented
Michael Brown: why do I need another billing relationship with another company just so I can get access to a SMTP server? Sending email from our apps is a very common feature, Microsoft should make it easier on us and allow us to use a Windows Azure SMTP server for outgoing emails.
Michael Brown commented
Seriously people Using Azure your azure traffic quota and machine time for Email? Register through godaddy and you get email included in your account. Now use any of the SMTP libraries (IPWorks is good) to connect to for sending. Have another service running to poll for emails over pop. Done and Done.
There should be a more generic Alerting / Notification system available for Azure apps. See my suggestion for "Azure Alerting System using Text Messaging". Many Azure apps would like to be able to send out a notification / alert using a variety of different transports - SMS, Email, Phone. This would be a valuable service to have. One simple feature could be to enable Azure Apps to have mailbox(es) e.g. "user@myazureapp..cloudapp.net" associated with the project.
Right now i depend on gmail smtp for sending emails, but its kind of very frustating that azure does not have any emails functionality
Mike Leach commented
Is this request perhaps referring to a need for an email "relay" service in Azure?
You can send emails just fine, but you'll need a trusted SMTP relay service to deliver them.
Luis Martins commented
Allow the use of a BPOS account to be used to send email