Microsoft Azure. You've heard of it, thought about it, but didn't know where to start. Azure is a cloud computing platform, that provides flexibility to imagine, construct, and deploy a wide variety of solutions. What does that even mean? It means Azure is so big, 500 features were developed as part of new and existing services within just a single year. This session will take a developer perspective on getting started and using the Azure platform with one purpose; distill it down to the basics (web hosting, data storage, and plain old computing power).