Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jun 2012 01:59 UTC
Microsoft Infoworld: "After years of battling Linux as a competitive threat, Microsoft is now offering Linux-based operating systems on its Windows Azure cloud service. The Linux services will go live on Azure at 4 a.m. EDT on Thursday. At that time, the Azure portal will offer a number of Linux distributions, including Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2, OpenSuse 12.01, CentOS 6.2 and Canonical Ubuntu 12.04. Azure users will be able to choose and deploy a Linux distribution from the Microsoft Windows Azure Image Gallery and be charged on an hourly pay-as-you-go basis." SmartGlass on iOS and Android, Office supposedly coming to iOS and Android, Linux on Azure... It's almost as if Microsoft finally got the memo that 'Windows everywhere' can't be a reality any longer.
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dragos.pop
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2010-01-08

Microsoft wants YOU to pay THEM for the privilege of running a Linux distribution of THEIR choice in a virtual machine, by the hour? Uhhh... sorry, Microsoft, but f*** no.


No, Microsoft want you to pay for renting there hardware and cloud infrastructure. You are free to use linux in a VM at home or in your private cloud.
Amazon is doing the same.

What is new is that MS allows you to use linux on there cloud.

If anything, this is MS way to say that Windows is not convincing enough for cloud computing.

Except that all they offer is the same as Amazon + the ability to use windows in the cloud.

I would still use Amazon because of interoperability with private clouds. I don't know any private cloud infrastructure that supports Azure API.

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