Windows Azure Will Be Renamed Microsoft Azure in April
It's official. Microsoft dives headlong into the cloud era by leaving Windows behind, even if in name only.Windows Azure, Microsoft's suite of cloud computing services, will soon float on without being bogged down by its sometimes divisive PC-era brand. The software giant officially announced on March 25 that beginning in early April, its cloud computing platform will be renamed to Microsoft Azure. "This change reflects Microsoft's strategy and focus on Azure as the public cloud platform for customers as well as for our own services Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Bing, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live," stated Steven Martin, general manager for Windows Azure, in a brief blog post. Microsoft will institute the change on April 3, day two of the company's upcoming Build conference in San Francisco, noted ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley in her March 24 report. She argued that the move "made sense" given the platform's support for a variety of operating systems. Azure offered support for various Linux distributions since 2012. On March 12, Microsoft officially flipped the switch on Oracle virtual machines after a preview period. The company's commitment to multiplatform support was echoed by Martin's announcement.
He observed that Azure currently supports "one of the broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud—from Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle." Martin added that his company is committed to delivering "an enterprise-grade cloud platform for the world's applications."