Today is the day for Azure to go live.
What this means (according to communicating to Community Technology Preview participants) is that Microsoft should start issuing instructions this week on how to move from CTP to a commercial account.
It’s also not clear yet, how the relationship will work yet (and there are some broken links from the Azure portal) between billing, portal account and login ID, but I imagine there needs to be Live IDs for the billing accounts and then permitted administrator Live IDs for the portal.
The Windows Azure Platform continues to be free until Feb 1 2010, during the first billing on-ramp phase.
If you are interested in giving Windows Azure a spin while it’s still free in January then you may want to try this Azure deployment guide with included sample application, successfully used by hundreds of people.
More posts soon on some of the insights of building a Silverlight application and hosting it on Windows Azure…