I have paid a lot for Sitefinity over the years, so expect enterprise grade support, especially on the cloud side. To me, that means that Sitefinity support the latest Azure SDK version within 2 months of its release. http://docs.sitefinity.com/reference-windows-azure-sdk-supported-versions
It is crazy that Sitefinity 8 is still stuck at Azure SDK 2.2. I'd rather you delay the release 2 weeks to fix it to the latest than stay mired in the past -- 2.2 is THREE VERSIONS OLD! This creates real configuration management headaches for me, since I do a lot of web service cloud development, and need to use the latest SDK 2.5.1. That means I need to have a full Windows VM with Visual Studio set to the old SDK version in order to deploy my Azure project.
In addition, I've successfully installed to Azure in the past, but after 2+ days, still hit errors doing either the manual or Thunder deployment methods from http://docs.sitefinity.com/deploy-projects-to-windows-azure . Please update your install directions and provide more up to date guidance to fully exploit the cloud resources. For example, should local storage still only be 1024? What about instance size recommendations? All that should be right there in the deployment pages.
I suggest Sitefinity developers start with a fresh Azure setup & the latest Visual Studio 2013 SP 4, and do a clean install both with Thunder and manually. Ideally, there would be a button in the project manager that would automatically edit the .csproj file to set the 'copy local' references, for example -- that takes lots of time -- and the instructions reference assemblies that are no longer there. And there are a bunch of compile warnings for incorrect version references... ACK!
Fix please ASAP.