Recently, Windows Azure Webjobs were introduced to Windows Azure Web Sites. Webjobs are background tasks that come in 3 different flavors (Manual, Triggered and Continuous). These jobs can be used to execute tasks such as database maintenance, RSS aggregation and queue processing. As new features rollout for Windows Azure Web Sites, it’s reasonable to ask whether Cloud Services are still relevant.
I see Cloud Services as a flexible scale unit, where I can spread compute intensive workloads over an echo-system of Role instances. As always, with great power (flexibility) comes great responsibility (we need to care about details).