[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.]

We are pleased to announce that starting on June 28, 2010, we will be increasing the size limit of a SQL Azure Business Edition database from 10 GB to 50 GB and that of a SQL Azure Web Edition database from 1 GB to 5 GB.  Please note that if you elect to increase your existing databases to take advantage of these new sizes, there are additional charges.  Please refer to our offer comparison table for more details by offer on our pricing.  To help familiarize you with SQL Azure pricing, we will also release the pricing preview on June 7th, 2010 on SQL Azure pricing.

Starting August 1, 2010, we will also release a new SQL Azure Development Accelerator Core promotional offer.  This new offer will give you the flexibility to purchase commitment quantities of SQL Azure Business Edition databases independent of other Windows Azure platform services at a deeply discounted monthly price.  The offer is valid only for a six month term.  You may purchase in 10 GB increments the amount of our Business Edition relational database that you require (each Business Edition database is capable of storing up to 50 GB). 

The offer price will be $74.95 per 10 GB per month.  This promotional offer represents 25% off of our normal consumption rates.  Monthly Business Edition relational database usage exceeding the purchased commitment amount and usage for other Windows Azure platform services for this offer will be charged at our normal consumption rates. 

Click here for full details of our new SQL Azure Development Accelerator Core offer.