At PDC10 last month, Microsoft announced several enhancements for the Windows Azure Platform. Today, we're happy to announce that several of these enhancements are ready for you to try as a Beta or Community Technology Preview (CTP). You can find more details about these new features in the announcement on the Windows Azure team blog or in the webcast “Getting Started with the Windows Azure November 2010 Release”. If you are new to Windows Azure, you might want to read this post first, which contains guidance on getting you up to speed with the platform.
Download today the Windows Azure SDK and Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio release 1.3 and the new Windows Azure Platform Developer Training Kit and start exploring the new services and features in the Windows Azure Platform.
Developers and IT Pros have several cost-effective choices to try the Windows Azure Platform including the Introductory Special with 25 hours per month at no charge and in addition to these offers, MSDN Premium and Ultimate Subscribers are eligible to a 16-month free access for development & testing purposes. Learn more about your MSDN Windows Azure Benefits and how to activate your account today.
Now that you have installed the tools and activated your Windows Azure account you can use the following resources to learn and get hands-on experience on some of the key services and features on the Windows Azure Platform.
Learn – Webcast
Explore – Hands-on Lab
New Service or Feature
Building, deploying & managing Windows Azure Apps
Introduction to Windows Azure HOL
Full IIS; New Developer Portal; Remote Desktop; Apps Deployment; Apps Diagnostics
Migrating and Building Apps for Windows Azure
Advanced Web And Worker Roles HOL
Windows Azure Virtual Machine role; Elevated Privileges for Web & Worker roles; Full IIS; Remote Desktop
Inside WA Virtual Machines
Virtual Machine Role HOL
Windows Azure Virtual Machine role
Understanding Windows Azure Connect
Connecting Apps with Windows Azure Connect HOL
Windows Azure Connect
Building High Performance Web Applications with the Windows Azure Platform
Windows Azure CDN HOL
CDN Dynamic Content Caching; Full IIS; Elevated Privileges for Web and Worker roles