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Windows Azure team has announced the transition from the Community Technology Preview (CTP) to the release and had provided information for developers who want to continue development.
Windows Azure will go live at Professional Developers Conference (PDC09). The conference marks transition from a CTP to a business. For your planning purposes, this post maps out the key stages of that transition that you should be aware of.
Making the transition in these three steps accomplishes a few goals.
In an email to CTP participants, the Windows Azure team said, “PDC 2009 is an exciting event for all of us who are working on the Windows Azure platform as it’s our opportunity to show you the work that we’ve done over the past year, including some brand new features. We’d like to thank everyone who has participated in our Community Technology Preview. Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services are better products because of you. We look forward to seeing you next month at PDC 2009.”
For more information on Windows Azure, see Windows Azure Platform. For steps for developers getting started see, Getting Started. For pricing, see Windows Azure Pricing.
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Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation