Microsoft is organizing an event around Windows Azure called 'Learn Windows Azure'. It will start at 09:00 AM on Dec. 13. The best thing is: it's free. If you happen to live in the Redmond area, you can attend the event in person. If you don't happen to live in the neighborhood you can attend the event live via Channel9!
The event focuses on getting started with building applications for Windows Azure. I think this event is great to get an idea on what's involved with Azure development. The event will be led by Microsoft's technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich!
Scott Guthrie will be kicking off the event with a 90 min. keynote that will provide an overview of Windows Azure and he will explain the concepts and core features. He will walk through building applications for Windows Azure with Visual Studio and the Azure SDK (with lots of demo's!). After that they will drill down more on Cloud Data and Storage, using the Windows Azure tools for Visual Studio and how to build scalable cloud applications with Windows Azure. The event will be concluded by a Q&A session.
You can register for the event here.
Here's the agenda