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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Last year, I started renting a VPS in the US for $5 a month and am still paying it regularly via auto-Paypal:

Quad Core CPU
30GB disk space
64-bit CentOS 6
Huge bandwidth per month (1500 TB or something mad)
Full root access
Can install and run anything that's legal

Tell me how the Microsoft Azure setup beats that in any way, especially at $5 a month? Hourly pay as you go - what the freak?!

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