If you have a billing location in one of our initial launch countries, beginning February 1, 2010 any Windows Azure CTP account(s) not already converted to a commercial subscription will be deactivated. To avoid interruption of service you must upgrade your CTP account to a commercial subscription by visiting our offers page to get an account.

For more information, see Commercial Rollout plan.

The Windows Azure platform offers a flexible, familiar environment for developers to create cloud applications and services. With Windows Azure, you can shorten your time to market and adapt as demand for your service grows.

Windows Azure offers a platform that is easily implemented alongside your current environment.

- Windows Azure: operating system as a service
- Microsoft SQL Azure: fully relational database in the cloud
- Windows Azure platform AppFabric: makes it simpler to connect cloud and on-premises applications

To get started writing your application on Windows Azure, see

As an early adopter, you can join the Windows Azure Front Runner program and get free support for getting your application into the cloud for a limited time.

 

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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