Not only does Microsoft offer the Microsoft Azure SDK but they also offer some guides and examples available at the Microsoft Download Center:
- Windows Azure Architecture Guide Part 1
- Code Samples and "Developing Applications for the Cloud - Part 2
Developers will get at least four samples. Each designed to help a customer take his/her on-premises applications and migrate them to the cloud.
Developing Applications for the Cloud Code Samples,is exactly as it sounds. The focus is squarely in designing new applications with Azure in mind.
In the past Microsoft has provided samples and examples to streamline the development process of it's software and applications and Microsoft Azure seems no different.