To spread knowledge about Microsoft’s new cloud computing solution – Azure – they started up a new portal dedicated to those who want to learn what Azure offers – Microsoft Virtual Academy. Participation is for free. By doing courses and passing self-assessment tests you can gain points, ranks, etc. Right now there are 4 courses available but since the maximum number of points to gain is a little more than 300 and to get platinum rank you need to have 1000+ points, I suspect they keep on introducing new courses. A course is basically a set of msdn documents, Technet screencasts, etc but since they are logically divided into courses and sections there is no need any more to search all the sites.