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The official CTP for SQL Azure (a.k.a. SQL Data Services, a.k.a. SQL Server Data Services) has now been released into the wild!  Head over to the SQL Azure Team Blog to learn more, or directly over to the SQL Azure web site to request a token and get started!

For those that don’t know, SQL Azure is a cloud-based relational database service that’s part of our Windows Azure platform.  Based on SQL Server 2008, SQL Azure provides a highly-scalable cloud-based relational database for your application needs.  Head over to the Windows Azure web site to learn more about Windows Azure and SQL Azure.