In conclusion, I would say that though Azure is not ready
for prime time (as of the March 2009 CTP) the potential that it packs is
impressive. The fact that you can develop for the cloud using .Net is one
thing, that they've opened it up to PHP sends it over the top. I'm not a PHP
developer, my exposure to it as a language is limited, however, I think that
including it into the Azure fabric is a brilliant move and will lead to greater
things for the platform.
Also, they are introducing many services to Azure, such as
SQL Data Services, Office Services and even Dynamics Services. These may not
all be available for consumption yet, but they are on the way. It is things
like this that are going to push Azure over the top in the war for the cloud,
in my opinion.