Microsoft recently added two new regions to Windows Azure — Japan East and Japan West — and we're pleased to announced that users can now launch images in the new regions through the Bitnami Launchpad for Azure.
The Launchpad is the easiest way for an individual or organization to get up and running in the Azure cloud. It allows you to very quickly select an application (WordPress, Redmine, Drupal, PrestaShop, etc.), size a server, and pick a region. Best of all, Bitnami application packages are completely free to use. Windows Azure offers $200 credit to anyone who wants to try hosting on Azure.