Cloud computing looks like the biggest change to hit our industry in many years. One important aspect of this change is the rise of platforms that let developers create applications for the cloud. This session takes a broad look at the Azure Services Platform, Microsoft's entry in this area. The topics discussed include Windows Azure, .NET services, Microsoft SQL Services, and Live Services. The goal is to make clear what these technologies can do, then offer some guidance on how to make good decisions for using them.