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Microsoft announced a number of updates and improvements to Windows Azure in December that will help developers to more easily access Windows Azure and unlock the value of cloud computing as a development platform.

On December 13, senior Microsoft leaders will participate in a broadcast event: Learn Windows Azure to demonstrate how easy it is for developers to get started with Windows Azure and show how to build scalable cloud applications using Visual Studio.  The event will include a number of great hands-on demos as well.

In this release, we really focused on ease of use and creating more value for .NET developers as well as opening up new opportunities for open source developer to take advantage of Windows Azure.  Among the highlights:

  • New and Enhanced Open Source Software Experience-Windows Azure SDK for Node.JS makes Windows Azure a first-class environment for Node.JS developers that support hosting, storage, and service bus.
  • Improved MSDN, BizSpark and other trial offers
  • Increased SQL Azure maximum database sizes in SQL Azure (at no additional cost) and a new sharding pattern to simplifies elastic scale-out

You can find more details on the announcement here.

Please join us live on Channel 9 starting at 9:00AM Pacific Standard Time to Learn Windows Azure!

Enjoy!