Regardless of what platform your solution targets, your existing SQL Server skills and experience don’t change. That was the goal of the team when we decided to accelerate our relational capabilities and add TDS support. A goal we will be delivering upon when we release SQL Azure later this year.
The next few months are going to be exciting. On the technology front, we are getting ready for our next CTP in August. You can, however, get started today with SQL Express. The team has been working closely with some early adopters and the feedback has been overwhelming positive. Thank you for being so patient, the wait is almost over. Over the next day or two, we will be pushing additional details regarding SQL Azure, including posting our first round of SQL Azure Database documentation to MSDN (once it’s posted, I will post a link to it here).
SQL Server - Your Data, Any Place, Any Time...and now in the cloud with SQL Azure Database
Excellent move. To be honest, poor product naming was one of the weakest point IMO of the Azure technology. Now you just need to tell the folks who are in charge of the ".NET Services" to do the same (because using the keyword .NET is just both irrelevant and confusing).
Can you elaborate on what "You can, however, get started today with SQL Express." Is "Microsoft Azure SQL Database Express" live in the datacenters?