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Developers in the United States are being offered a month free to develop your applications in Windows Azure. You also get free no-cost phone, chat and email support during and after the Windows Azure virtual boot camp with the Microsoft Platform Ready for Windows Azure. No credit card required.
To learn more, see Virtual Boot Camp USA. You'll find a link for an email where you can register for the free month.
When you join Microsoft Platform Ready, formerly known as the Front Runner program, you can access one-on-one technical support by phone or e-mail from our developer experts, who can help get your applications in the cloud. Once your application is compatible, you'll get a range of marketing benefits to help you let your customers know that you're a Front Runner.
Microsoft Partner Ready is now available to partners worldwide.
Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft datacenters.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation