Last week Windows Azure announced some exciting changes bringing together the best of on-premises and cloud computing. Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, and Web Sites are now available as new preview services for Windows Azure. SQL Reporting is now Generally Available to customers, a locally redundant storage option has been added to provide additional customer choice, and several enhancements to existing Windows Azure services are now live. These updates help customers build and bring their applications to the cloud in their own unique way.

There are also a number of pricing and metering updates have been made to increase overall value. These changes include graduated pricing for Network, CDN and Storage; preview pricing for Windows Server and Non-Windows VMs; and a 90% reduction in Storage and CDN transaction prices.

The updates offer customers greater flexibility for spanning on-premises and cloud servers, deliver powerful enhancements for cloud applications, and continue our commitment to make Windows Azure an open platform.

· To read the full announcement visit the Windows Azure blog.

· Watch the Meet Windows Azure Keynote: Scott Guthrie, CVP Windows Azure, Application Platform

· Visit www.windowsazure.com for more information

· Information about the launch will be shared at the UK Windows Azure conference on the 22nd of June. This event has very few tickets left and you may be put onto the waitlist if it is at fully booked. Find out more and register for the conference here: http://azureconference2012.eventbrite.com/