Great write-up showing the use of the portal for backup. My largest lament with SQL Database in Azure is the lack of automation that I can control and schedule like we had with SQL Agent. While databases are automatically backed up in Azure, I might want to back one up on my schedule (my demo database has changed at this moment).
Hopefully MS recognizes the importance of this and will address it with something as easy to use as SQL Agent. Their runbook option or using ARM doesn't thrill me.