Review: Microsoft Azure reaches beyond Windows

Microsoft's cloud built for Windows and .Net has exploded with open source options and big data services

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A long time ago in a century getting further and further away, Bill Gates compared MSN with the exploding World Wide Web, saw the future, and pivoted nicely to embrace the Internet. A few decades later, someone at Microsoft looked at the cloud and recognized that the old days of selling Windows Server OS licenses were fading. Today we have Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's pivot to cloud computing.

Azure is a cloud filled with racks and racks of machines like other clouds, but it also offers a wider collection of the building blocks that enterprise managers need to assemble modern, flexible websites.

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