Earlier in March, we informed you about the upcoming commercial availability of Windows Azure platform AppFabric. Today, we are absolutely thrilled to let you know that AppFabric has now become a fully SLA-supported paid service. Customers using AppFabric will see billing information in their accounts, as usage charges have begun accruing as of 11:00 PM (UTC) on April 12, 2010.


Windows Azure platform AppFabric includes Service Bus and Access Control services. AppFabric Service Bus connects services and applications across network boundaries to help developers build distributed applications. AppFabric Access Control provides federated, claims-based access control for REST web services.


You can find pricing for AppFabric here.   You can also go to the pricing section of our FAQs for additional information as well as our AppFabric pricing blog post. If you do not wish to be charged for AppFabric, please discontinue use of these services.


Also, we are happy to let you know that the Microsoft Windows Azure Platform, including Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and Windows Azure platform AppFabric has expanded general availability to an additional 20 countries, making our flexible cloud services platform available to a global customer base and partner ecosystem across 41 countries. Details about this announcement are available here.


Thank you for your business and your continued interest in AppFabric.


The Windows Azure platform AppFabric Team