Kirk Evans is a Microsoft Architect for the Azure Center of Excellence.
Introduction to SharePoint and Azure IaaS
Building SharePoint Apps with Windows Azure Platform as a Service
SharePoint Solutions and Architectures on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services
Understanding Authentication and Permissions with Apps for SharePoint and Office
Soma announced that VS2008 and .NET 3.5 shipped today.
Reading Don's post on the VS2008 ship date is just a little funnier now that the punchline is public.