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I just stumbled upon some work by my US colleagues and CodeProject to create a competition around deploying applications on the Windows Azure Platform.
Looks to me like it is open to UK developers – hence I would encourage you to have a shot at winning and bringing the prizes back to Blighty.
Give Windows® Azure a try in February and you could win an HP TouchSmart laptop (approximately $1000 USD value) or one of 20 copies of Windows 7 Ultimate!
Follow the simple directions to create a trial Windows Azure account, then upload our CodeProject Sample App. Once you receive your confirmation email from us, you can remove your sample app – and you won’t be charged for Windows Azure usage. Hurry! You must enter by February 28, 2010.
Can I just emphasize one important point. As you will be using your credit card as part of this, it is really important that you delete your deployment of the Windows Azure Hosted Service once you have followed the instructions to enter. Else you may be charged once you use up your free Azure compute hours. Check out why!
The sample application “in action”