In the spirit of making sure that you have some good reading, viewing, and learning opportunities for this holiday season (while spending time with family, or doing whatever it is that you like to do, of course), here’s what you need for Windows Azure (if you missed it, last week I posted Windows Phone 8 for the Holidays):
The Windows Azure Virtual Workshops are designed to take you from understanding the principles of Windows Azure all the way to specific scenarios.
Explore Windows Azure's infrastructure options – Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, and Websites. Through comparing and contrasting the options, you will walk away from the workshop better equipped to choose the right option for different solutions.
Discover how the various Windows Azure services can be integrated into apps to extend their functionality. You will also learn how to address common needs such as computing capabilities, storage, authentication, and more. To demonstrate concepts, this workshop focuses on Windows 8 and Windows Phone, though concepts can be applied to any platform including Android and iOS.
Explore approaches to migrating applications, walk through concerns and considerations to take into account while planning a migration, and learn how to implement a migration plan to move applications from on-premises (or traditional hosting) to Windows Azure.
Once you have the basics down, check out the videos from Windows AzureConf 2012. These presentations will provide you the opportunity to see how your peers in the community are doing great things using Windows Azure offerings like Mobile Services, Web Sites, Service Bus, virtual machines, and more.
Happy learning and building! And of course, happy holidays!