We're offering a Windows Azure platform 30 day pass, so you can put Windows Azure and SQL Azure through their paces. No credit card required. Sign up for Microsoft Platform Ready to get access to technical, application certification testing and marketing support.

The Windows Azure platform 30 day pass includes the following resources:

Windows Azure

  • 4 small compute instances
  • 3GB of storage
  • 250,000 storage transactions

SQL Azure

  • Two 1GB Web Edition database

AppFabric

  • 100,000 Access Control transactions
  • 2 Service Bus connections
  • Data Transfers (per region)
  • 3 GB in
  • 3 GB out

Here are some great resources to get you started: