Partners, we are excited to share with you an excellent learning opportunity on Windows Azure brought to you by the Microsoft Virtual Academy.  Below are more details.

Join us for a week long series of (FREE) live, interactive sessions from the experts who built Azure that will show you how to start using Windows Azure in your solutions today. In addition to seeing lots of demos and real world examples, you’ll be able to get your questions answered in real time Q&A.

Scott Guthrie, Azure Guru and Microsoft Corporate Vice President, will kick off the week on Monday January 27 by building a real world application from scratch, end to end, to show you the latest capabilities of Azure. Then each day, we’ll have deep dive sessions led by Microsoft’s top cloud platform development experts, including Scott Hanselman, Scott Hunter, Marc Mercuri, Cheryl McGuire, and Miranda Luna.

Monday January 27, Overview Day: Get Started with Windows Azure Today Jump Start

Join Scott Guthrie. Azure guru and Microsoft Corporate Vice President, as he builds a real-world application from scratch, and hear about the platform in a nutshell.  Register Now

Tuesday January 28, Architecture Day: Designing Applications for Windows Azure Jump Start

Developers, do you wonder how to design apps for the cloud? Are you interested in best practices for architectures that include services that run in the cloud? Join Marc Mercuri for a day of design and architecture lessons for Windows Azure developers.  Register Now

Wednesday January 29, Developer Day: Building Windows Azure Applications Jump Start

If you’ve been thinking about Windows Azure for your next application, but aren’t sure where to begin, join this deep dive with Scott Hanselman and Scott Hunter to get started building applications for the cloud today.  Register Now

Thursday January 30, Infrastructure Day: Windows Azure IaaS Deep Dive Jump Start

Join Cheryl McGuire for Hybrid Cloud Day, a deep dive on integrating Windows Azure into your infrastructure. She will explore details about creating VMs, how they behave in Windows Azure, and how to configure good network communication to get things up and running in the cloud.  Register Now

Friday January 31, Mobile Services Day: Mobile Apps to IoT: Connected Devices with Windows Azure

Join Miranda Luna for a comprehensive, infrastructure-focused look at how your mobile apps can use cloud data, manage users with ease, and quickly deliver push notifications at scale.  Register Now