imageToday is a major milestone for Windows Azure and all of Microsoft customers and partners. It was announced that Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Windows Azure Virtual Network now are generally available. These new services make it possible for you to move your applications into the cloud as is. New price commitments were also announced, making Windows Azure even more attractive option for hosting your cloud solution. In more details the GA prices on Virtual Machines and Cloud Services were reduced by 21-33%. 

You can find the general availability announcement and the price reduction details at Windows Azure Blog. For additional information visit Windows Azure Infrastructure Services web site or read Bill Hilf’s blog post.

A really interesting functionality that was added are the new high memory VM instances (28GB/4 core and 56 GB/8 core) – cool stuff!