At PDC 2010 in October Microsoft announced a number of new enhancements/features for Windows Azure. In case you missed it, these new enhancements/features have been released in the new Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio November release (v1.3). The Windows Azure team blog is an excellent resource for information about the new release.
Along with the new release the Azure team has also updated the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit. What is the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit you ask? It is a comprehensive set of hands-on training labs and videos designed to help you quickly get up to speed with Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric.
The training kit contains updated labs including a couple I would suggest you hit first.
Introduction to Windows Azure - updated to use the new Windows Azure platform Portal
Introduction to SQL Azure - updated to use the new Windows Azure platform Portal
The training kit contains a number of new labs as well including:
Advanced Web and Worker Role – shows how to use admin mode and startup tasks
Connecting Apps With Windows Azure Connect – shows how to use Project Sydney
Virtual Machine Role – shows how to get started with VM Role by creating and deploying a VHD
Windows Azure CDN – simple introduction to the CDN
Introduction to the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus Futures – shows how to use the new Service Bus features in the AppFabric labs environment
Building Windows Azure Apps with Caching Service – shows how to use the new Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service
Introduction to the AppFabric Access Control Service V2 – shows how to build a simple web application that supports multiple identity providers
Ok, that’s enough reading, go start learning!
Have a day.