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This is great, but you can't actually configure virtual machines unless you're one of the "select members of the community". So, if you sign up today, on the three month trial, you can't just configure a linux machine and test it.

If you even manage to get to the correct place, which is a Silverlight powered management console - when HTML5 / AJAX would do.

Lots of bloat and lots of cruft and no actual functionality.

http://i.imgur.com/2bNwU.png and http://i.imgur.com/2G8Pa.png

They made a new portal in HTML5 and JavaScript. When you access the former one (that was in Silverlight), there's a link at the bottom inviting you to change.

IE9 was optimized for rich HTML5 and JavaScript applications and IE10 on Windows 8 won't even run Silverlight.

> Windows 8 won't even run Silverlight.

They don't want their tablet users to use Netflix?

I should clarify that it's Internet Explorer _on Metro_ that won't run Silverlight (as far as is known). And, in consequence, ARM tablets won't either (because there will be no desktop mode, just Metro).

On the other hand, the new XAML-based API will be a somewhat easy upgrade path from Silverlight app to native app.

No no no! Windows on ARM does have a desktop. But traditional x86[-64] compiled apps will obviously not work. The desktop does still exist though.

Thank you for the clarification. So current x86 desktop apps won't run, but some might be retargeted and they would work.

There will probably be a Metro Netflix app. I think that's the idea.

    <!--[if IE]>
        if (!window.document.documentMode || window.document.documentMode < 8) {
            window.location = "/Error/Unsupported";

I see they use the minimalist Metro design even here. Judging the graphical design only, it looks pretty good.

I couldn't get to step 3 on the trial signup. I think we just DDoS'ed Azure.

"The resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable."

Hey, I work on Azure. I'd love to help you get past this problem. Can you email me at bilal dot aslam at microsoft dot com with the LiveID you were trying to sign up with?

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