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Microsoft will begin the Windows Azure platform transition from a CTP to business

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PDC 2009 is an exciting event the Windows Azure community. Microsoft will begin the Windows Azure platform transition from a CTP to business. For your planning purposes, this post maps out the key stages of that transition that you should be aware of.

  • At PDC 2009, on November 17th, 2009, a number of new features in Windows Azure will be made available for the first time.  The CTP will remain open through December 31st, allowing you to experiment with the full feature platform and to give any final feedback.
  • Beginning January 2010, new customers will have to sign up for an offer to access services on the Windows Azure platform. Usage during the month of January will be at no charge, so you can see your exact usage while still enjoying free service.
  • On February 1, 2010, Microsoft will begin charging customers for using the Windows Azure platform.

Making the transition in these three steps accomplishes a few goals. First, it gives you a chance to explore the full feature set for free. Second, it allows our team time to get your feedback on the new features and address any issues that arise. Finally, it lets you preview exactly how billing will work before you need to start paying.

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