Key takeaways so far on what Windows Azure and the Azure Services Platform are:

Windows Azure:

- A set of cloud-based technologies such as storage, identity, and multi-device sync that extend software development for both enterprise server and PC/browser/phone applications with services on the Web.

Azure Services Platform:

- A component of the Azure Services Platform that extends the Windows environment to the cloud for developers who want service hosting, scalable storage, and automated service management of their software applications.