We already support download. Backup is something we are looking into.
How to download a Linux VHD: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/download-vhd
How to download a Windows VHD: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/download-vhd
We have completed testing of 1.8 and are v in the process of rolling it out. Expect it to be available in all regions within 10 days.
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This is something that has also come up in the ARM Quickstart issue tracker - see https://github.com/Azure/azure-quickstart-templates/issues/380