Do you want to learn what Windows Azure SQL Database is and what it provides? Here are quick links to key Microsoft documentation resources and other technical information you need to get started. What's missing? Please add. It is the wiki way!

What is SQL Database?

Windows Azure SQL Database is a cloud-based relational database service that is built on SQL Server technologies and runs in Microsoft data centers on hardware that is owned, hosted, and maintained by Microsoft. By using SQL Database, you can easily provision and deploy relational database solutions to the cloud, and take advantage of a distributed data center. 

Developer Centers

Visit these sites for introductory information, technical overviews, and resources.

Windows Azure SQL Database Developer Center

Windows Azure Developer Center


Visit these sites to learn what SQL Database is in detail.

Windows Azure SQL Database Documentation on MSDN

Getting Started with Windows Azure SQL Database

An introduction article for Developers

Windows Azure SQL  Database Frequently Asked Questions

SQL Data Sync Overview

SQL Database Code Examples

Take a look at these to learn how to program with SQL Database.

Windows Azure SQL Database Development How-tos

Windows Azure Platform Training Kit

Connect to Windows Azure SQL Database

Manage with PowerShell


These are blogs by members of the SQL Database community.

OakLeaf Systems Blog


Watch these videos to learn more about SQL Database and Windows Azure. They are quick and useful for beginners.

What is Windows Azure SQL Database

TechEd 2010: What is new in Windows Azure SQL Database

Windows Azure SQL Database: Present and Future

The Future of Database Development with Windows Azure SQL Database

Building Web Applications with Windows Azure SQL Database

What is Windows Azure

The Future is Windows Azure

Accounts and Pricing

You have decided to try SQL Database. Now, it is time to review the pricing policy. Visit these web sites to learn more about the subscription and billing options.

Azure Offers

Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal

Accounts and Billing in Windows Azure SQL Database

Account Setup


Here are ways to connect with the SQL Database community and the Azure teams.

Windows Azure SQL Database Team Blog

Windows Azure SQL Database Forum

All Windows Azure Platform Forums

Other Resources

Windows Azure Platform

Windows Azure SQL Database Migration Wizard at CodePlex

Windows Azure SQL Database Developer Portal (You must sign in with your Windows Live ID to see all the projects you have created or for which you have been designated as a Service Administrator by your Account Administrator.)

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