The Microsoft Windows Azure platform, including Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and Windows Azure platform AppFabric is now generally available in an additional 20 countries and regions including Brazil, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Australia, making our flexible cloud services platform available to a global customer base and partner ecosystem across 41 countries. As a number of time zones apply to our customers and partners worldwide, availability of the Windows Azure platform will roll out to all 20 countries successively this week.

With the Windows Azure platform, customers can take advantage of greater choice in developing cloud-based applications by using familiar tools and leveraging on-premises investments. For stories about how customers are using Windows Azure Platform to cut costs and increase agility, be sure to read the latest customer case studies.

Partners interested in building and growing their business in the cloud with the Windows Azure platform should check out the offers available to them, as well as a resource guide, and readiness resources available to help them get started.

Developers interested in building and deploying cloud applications on the Windows Azure platform should start here for a general overview and then go to Get Started to learn how to discover, develop and deploy using Windows Azure, SQL Azure, Windows Azure platform AppFabric or Microsoft Codename ‘Dallas'. 

Visit the Windows Azure Team Blog for more information.