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Azure Skies Not Pure Blue

Microsoft made its billions selling packaged software with basic, though sometimes tremendously complex, licenses. You pay for the right to use the software on one or more computers. Moving to the cloud, as the new Azure platform entails, brings a whole new technology, a whole new business model and a whole new set of challenges.

The self-professed brainiacs from Gartner now argue that Azure is the biggest Microsoft event since 1996 when Bill Gates realized the importance of the Internet.

Azure was a big an event, but this isn't the first time Redmond has talked about the cloud. Ray Ozzie has been pontificating about the cloud pretty much non-stop since joining Microsoft in 2005. A little Gartner hyperbole? You be the judge. Send your conclusions to [email protected].

Posted by Doug Barney on November 12, 2008 at 11:52 AM


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