If you’re a developer who wants to stay on top of the latest news, tips and tricks about developing open source applications and cloud services for mobile devices on Windows Azure, you should check out the new Windows Azure Silver Lining Blog. Launched today by Brian Swan and Larry Franks, the aim of this new blog is to “be a treasure trove of information for OSS and mobile device developers who want to understand how to take advantage of the Windows Azure platform to build world-class, highly available, highly scalable applications and services. “

Initially, the blog will focus on building PHP and Ruby applications for Windows Azure, but the team plans to expand coverage to include Java, Windows Phone 7, and iOS devices. Larry and Brian say they’ll be looking for direction about what to cover from readers, so if you’re interested, subscribe to the blog and share your feedback!