Starting last friday, April 9th, 2010, the Microsoft Windows Azure platform, including Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Azure, and Windows Azure platform AppFabric became generally available in Israel and additional 19 countries, making our flexible cloud services platform available to a global customer base and partner ecosystem across 41 countries.
On Feb 1st, 2010, we announced the general availability of the Windows Azure platform in 21 countries.
In Israel, the currency for billing will be $ USD.
With the Windows Azure platform, customers can take advantage of greater choice in developing cloud-based applications by using familiar tools and leveraging on-premises investments. Since February 1, thousands of customers have signed up for accounts and customers such as OCCMatch.com and Sharpcloud have deployed cloud applications on the Windows Azure platform. For more stories about how customers are using Windows Azure Platform to cut costs and increase agility, be sure to read the latest customer case studies.
Partners also have the opportunity to create new revenue streams by deploying cloud applications and services on the Windows Azure platform to reach new global markets and generate new revenue opportunities. Partners interested in building and growing their business in the cloud with the Windows Azure platform should check out the offers available to them, as well as a resource guide, and readiness resources available to help them get started.
Developers interested in building and deploying cloud applications on the Windows Azure platform should start here for a general overview and then go to Get Started to learn how to discover, develop and deploy using Windows Azure, SQL Azure, Windows Azure platform AppFabric or Microsoft Codename ‘Dallas’.
Based on customer feedback, developers in the 41 countries can also take advantage of new features in SQL Azure, which further streamline application design and enables deployments of cloud database applications. For more information, please read the related blog post here.