[Updated 12/17/08:  The Salt Lake City date has changed to 1/20/2009]

You’ve heard buzz about “the cloud”, and your interest was further heightened with the announcement of Azure, Microsoft’s new cloud computing platform. 

Now you can jump in head first with other technical and business minds in your area!  The national Cloud Computing User Group is launching local groups around the country.  The forums page lists all the local meeting announcements.

Here are the kickoff meetings that are local to my area:

City When/Where Registration
Denver 12/9/2008, 6-8PM
Microsoft Denver Office
Register
Phoenix 12/11/2008, 6-8PM
Microsoft Phoenix Office
Register
Salt Lake City *DATE CHANGE*
1/20/2009, 6-8PM
Microsoft SLC Office
Register

Other cities include:

Chicago Dallas Los Angeles New York
Orange County Philadelphia Redmond San Diego

While you’re at it, join the Windows Azure group on Facebook!