The Windows Azure SDK 1.4 refresh is available which adds in Web Deploy integration. This allows the developers to increase their productivity by using web deploy rather than having to repackage and redeploy the application. It is available for down load here and click the “Get Tools & SDK” button. Further information on this release can be found here
If you are an MSDN subscriber (Ultimate or Premium) you now get more Windows Azure resources. Professional subscribers are now also included in the promotion.
See here for more details. If you have already taken up this offer and you are an MSDN Premium subscriber then you will automatically be upgraded to the MSDN Ultimate offer.
In order to activate your benefits Sign-in to your MSDN benefits page Click on the Windows Azure Platform link from My Account and follow the steps to activate Windows Azure (for limited free access). You'll need your credit card or follow the Steps to set up invoicing for Windows Azure to sign up. If you use more than the amount of services included with your MSDN subscription, you will be billed to your card for these overages. You can visit the Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal to look up your usage at any time. Go to the Windows Azure Developer Portal to access your Windows Azure subscription
The first production version of the windows Azure caching service and a new production version of the Access Control service have been released. The following link provides the necessary information
In conjunction the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit and the Identity Developer Training Kit have both also been updated.
The Windows Azure Platform Training Kits adds some new labs: Authenticating Users in a Windows Phone 7 App via ACS, OData Services and Windows Azure lab Windows Azure Traffic Manager lab Introduction to SQL Azure Reporting Services lab