You have now seen how to prepare your system for development with Silverlight and Windows Azure. Previously, setting up a machine could be difficult, but it has been made simpler with the release of the Microsoft Web Platform Installer.
There are also a wide range of tools that can be utilized to assist the development of applications. Explore the options available to you and see what helps to speed your own development times.
In the next chapter, a more detailed introduction to the Windows Azure Platform will be provided.