"Windows Azure for Research," a presentation from the same group that I'll be working with over the summer. This is a concise summary of Azure's features and possibilities -- and a great way to get excited about the platform!
Programming Windows Azure, a new book from O'Reilly -- by a member of the Azure product group. This is a well-organized and up-to-date guide, and the author's enthusiasm for the subject comes through :)
(Unfortunately, some of the code samples are poorly formatted in terms of indentation and variable naming. Still readable enough, though.)
Resources for getting started with Windows Azure
My internship at Microsoft Research's Cloud Computing Futures Group is starting next Monday, and I'm trying to get ramped up on high-performance computing with Windows Azure as quickly as possible so I can start developing real code sooner. Here are two of my favorite resources so far: