Windows Azure Kick Start Tour

When I talk with people about Windows Azure and show them some of the really cool things you can do with Windows Azure, one of first questions I’ll get is “how do I get started?”

Microsoft is also holding a series of Windows Azure Kick Start events to help you get ramped up on working with Windows Azure.  These will be day long events were you will learn how to build web applications that run in Windows Azure.  You will learn how to sign up for Windows Azure (if you haven’t already) and how to build an app using the tools and techniques you’re already familiar with.  You’ll also get to learn more about Windows Azure web roles, storage, SQL Azure, and other common tasks and scenarios with Windows Azure.

If you don’t already have a Windows Azure account, now is a great time to get one!

Windows Azure Kick Start Schedule

Here is the current schedule for the Windows Azure Kick Start events.  Click the location to get more details and to register.  These are free events!  Act fast before seats are gone!!

Location Date
Edina, MN Mar. 30
Independence, OH Apr. 3
Columbus, OH  (I’ll be here) Apr. 5
Overland Park, KS Apr. 10
Omaha, NE Apr. 12
Mason, OH  (I’ll be here) Apr. 13
Southfield, MI Apr. 19
Houston, TX Apr. 25
Creve Coeur, MO May 1
Downers Grove, IL  (I’ll be here) May 1
Franklin, TN May 2
Chicago, IL May 3
Edina, MN May 8

What To Bring
Windows Azure Kick Starts will be hands-on events (after all, actually using the bits is the best way to learn).  You’ll want to bring your favorite laptop with the required components installed and ready to go.

  • A computer or laptop: Operating Systems Supported: Windows 7 (Ultimate, Professional, and Enterprise Editions); Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Vista (Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise Editions) with either Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2
  • Your favorite IDE, like Visual Studio 2010.
  • SQL Server Express (or SQL Server)
  • Install the Windows Azure SDK.
  • Consider bringing a power strip or extension cord – you’ll be using your laptop most of the day.