msdev Windows Azure goes live on November 17. Between now and then, you can still try out Windows Azure under the Community Preview. To help give you step by step instructions on how to move your Web application to the cloud, MSDEV has put together a video Publishing Wepages to Windows Azure Platform Tutorial.

IMPORTANT: To get ready to work on the tutorial, you will need to get your own Azure Invitation Code under the no-cost Community Technology Preview (CTP) program. See Windows Azure for Developers. Click Get Your Account.  You’ll receive your Azure CTP Invitation Code via email takes approximately 3-5 business days.

The tutorial will walk you through creating and uploading your own "hello world" single Web page Azure application. The whole process takes only 45 minutes, including installing a couple of pieces of required software.

For more information about Windows Azure for developers, see Windows Azure for Developers site.

Check out the how-to video: Publishing Wepages to Windows Azure Platform Tutorial.

Training Kit Updated

A free developer training kit is available too. The Azure Services Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services. The October release includes new videos and labs in addition to VB code snippets and updated content for SQL Azure October CTP.

The latest update now includes the following content covering Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and .NET Services:

  • 11 hands-on labs including new hands-on labs for PHP and Native Code on Windows Azure.
  • 18 demo scripts; These demo scripts are designed to provide detailed walkthroughs of key features so that someone can easily give a demo of a service.
  • 9 presentations; The presentations were used for our 3 day training workshops including speaker notes.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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