For those of you who were waiting to get a chance at Azure, we’ve now expanded Azure to 41 other countries including Australia. Currency pricing is still in USD, EUR or AUD though. But I suppose places like Hong Kong are pretty used to converting to USD now anyway. But I digress…
- Download the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit (which is very cool)
- Configure your local machine
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista
- Windows Vista SP1 (when installing on Windows Vista)
- IIS 7.0 (with ASP.NET, WCF HTTP Activation and optionally CGI)
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 RC, or Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition with SP1
- SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (or above)
- Hotfix: Native Debugging Improvements (not required for Visual Studio 2010)
- Hotfix: Improve Visual Studio Stability (not required for Windows 7 RC or later)
- Hotfix: Support for FastCGI on the Development Fabric (not required for Windows 7 RC or later, or Windows Server 2008 SP2 or later)
You can do almost everything except the cloud deployment with the local dev environment for Azure. It works really well and will let you create Azure (Windows Azure, SQL Azure, App Fabric and Codename “Dallas”) apps locally for testing before you deploy them to the cloud.
When you are ready for prime time
Set up your Azure Account
and deploy your world changing Cloud Apps!