Throughout Windows Azure Connect CTP, many customers have asked for Windows Azure Connect relay presence in geographic locations outside US. Today we are very happy to announce that we have added new relays in Europe and Asia, with the launch of Windows Azure Connect CTP refresh, you can now choose a relay region that is close to your own geographic location to optimize network performance.

To change the relay location, click on “Relay Region” (the new button added in CTP refresh) and pick the relay location you desire, by default USA is chosen for you.

Please be aware that if you change your relay location, there will be a transition period of up to 5 minutes while your existing endpoints refresh their policy (which contains the relay location information), close their existing relay connections, and re-establish connections with the new relay location.  During this time period, endpoints may not be able to communicate with each other until they have completed the transition to the new relay location.

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--Jason Chen