In my opinion, glorifying Azure to be a whole "Operating System for the Could" is almost a stretch. Azure to me is equivalent to a LAMP server stack backed with a partially specialised load-balancer + memcached.
And primarily the fabric controller is nothing but a _slightly_ more advanced memcached service in contrast to a "kernel". To me a more true statement would to call Reddog OS the "kernel" of Azure.
It seems to me as if Azure is being regarded more of an actual OS instead of the server stack and services for its distributed and scalable nature.
Mark, I expect that once you decipher the memcahed functionality of the fabric controller, you'll miss the real fun kernel stuff in due time.
On a different note, I was saddened that I was busy for most of PDC's live viewability to force me to miss out on the more in-depth questions I would have asked live instead of far past it's date.
The only real thing I could ever see myself paying for Azure as an end-user, would be if Microsoft had some sort of way to PXE/network boot a VM of Windows 7 running up on the "cloud" in which I could do all my computing needs via remote-desktop through an XBox360 client-to-AzureVM connection or a specialized Microsoft thin-client hardware monitor & input device package instead of a whole physical rig at my feet.
I always enjoy hearing Mark speak, and I hope this all/some of this comment made sense to all/some of you
Bye for now!