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One of the downsides of finding videos and articles on the Web is that they can get out of date (to varying degrees) over time. So it’s always exciting to me when fresh material comes around, especially in conjunction with new announcements and especially from the product teams themselves.

So is the case with the latest round of Windows Azure videos and materials online. All the videos located at http://r.ch9.ms/LearnWA will give you what you need to get started. Read about all the amazing features in the December release including Node.js and Hadoop support (watch some videos covering that), easier subscription management, new scaling options for SQL Azure, and more.

Then, go play in the cloud using the Free Trial, now with spending caps to ensure you have no out of pocket costs to worry about. And since with Windows Azure you can build and run cloud solutions locally on the exact same platform as in the cloud, go get the SDKs. The new site has a tremendous collection of SDKs and guidance to help you get started.

So what are you waiting for? You now have plenty of information to get started and write your very own Azure service. Take some time between presents and meals to kick back with some cloud coding!