Allow for different Windows Live IDs for Billing and IT Roles
I would like my Windows Live ID to be responsible for the billing (credit card), while my Azure services could be shared with my co-workers Windows Live IDs for different roles. I see at least one role that is absolutely needed - the "IT Role" responsible for uploading the CSPKG and updating the CSCFG files. Sharing my Windows Live ID which might be associated with my MVP, MSDN and Microsoft Partner information is not secure and should not be expected of us. There's a whole thread with more info on this here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsazure/thread/ab12e13d-8a33-4c0b-a4b3-e4d3f0e795c7
Windows Azure will soon support multiple Windows Live IDs to have administrator privileges on the same Windows Azure account. The objective is to make it easy for a team to work on the same Windows Azure account while using their individual Windows Live IDs. The Multiple Admins update will be generally available later this year.
Would this address your requirements?
This is already possible... and more is coming. Check out the recent "Cloud Cover" episode on Channel 9 for more information.
Go to your billing portal https://mocp.microsoftonline.com
Click on Subscriptions
Edit Service Details
Click on Next
Edit the service administrator LiveID. This is a shared ID that is not connected to your credit card. This person has the ability to deploy and update roles associated with that account.
This is a HUGE feature tha is absolutely necessary!!! I totally need to be able to allow others within my organization to manage the Azure accounts without giving them my password. To expect us to do that is obsurd.
Dave Carlile commented
This, and the billing model are the two concerns that are keeping me from thinking more seriously about using Azure.