Make it easier for people less familiar with Windows Azure to come up-to-speed quickly.
The documentation section on windowsazure.com has all the documentation you need to successfully get started with any of the services on Windows Azure.
Info within some HOW TO articles in the Documentation section becomes unusable when there are breaking changes & the article is not updated. For the sake of new readers of a HOW TO article, I suggest that all HOW TO articles be reviewed occasionally after they are written and a group of people across the world read (as some features may vary according to geography) & check that they are actually usable without going through the comments to look for fixes and workarounds. I ranted about a related issue here - http://feedback.windowsazure.com/forums/34192-general-feedback-/suggestions/4403588-review-articles-in-documentation-section-occasiona
Dave Fellows commented
Suprised there's so many votes for this. I can't see how it could be much easier. Plus there's sooo much content on the web to get started. Agree with Steven - this time needs to be spent elsewhere.
Steven Nagy commented
-1 : I would rather the team added features than worrying about this. Its not that hard really, and there's lots of help out there in the community. I WOULD like to see some Azure MVP awards going out and encouraging the community from that perspective.
David Bennell commented
I have been playing around with it for a little bit now and I am currently marvelling at how easy it is to use... If you are familiar with creating ASP.net sites, windows services and/or WCF services then there is only a very small hop from that to Azure.
Jim Nakashima commented
We've gotten a fair number of votes on this feature item -- what areas of learning Windows Azure today are harder than they should be? What's missing in terms of our developer facing content?
In general, I found the "Azure process" to be relatively easy. I think you need to define your target audience here. You're talking about making it easier for an intermediate/advanced C# developer or a junior system administrator, for example?
@Joannes Vermorel: I'm sorry, but there is no real connection between "make it easier" and "make it faster".
Joannes Vermorel commented
IMHO, if you want to speed-up the start of new dev on Windows Azure, then you should really consider massively speeding up the Windows Azure console (which just reflect the slowness of the underlying fabric).
The folks of SQL Azure have a terrific fabric where a new DB is spanned in seconds, while getting a 100ko ASP.NET live on Windows Azure takes more than 20min from compile time to server being up and running.