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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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.

How different is this from IBM and Oracle clouds for Linux?

Don't they already get enough money off of virtually every PC sold with the Windows tax, virtually every Android phone sold through the Microsoft patent tax, and soon enough off of every single ARM-based tablet, laptop and desktop that will come with Windows 8? And of course, that's not counting their somewhat legitimate sources of income, including the Xbox 360 and phones that were designed around their Windows Phone/Windows Mobile OS?

What a joke.

Microsoft abuses a lot their position on the market, but if one sees it without taking sides, Microsoft is no different from any other driven by profit corporation.

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shmerl Member since:

I think the only difference is the inherent hate to Linux from Microsoft, and their historic effort to hinder any Linux advancement. But in this case they had to swallow their anger, since they are getting money in the end. While Oracle isn't a nice company either, they never considered Linux a primary enemy.

Edited 2012-06-07 16:18 UTC

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moondevil Member since:

While Oracle isn't a nice company either, they never considered Linux a primary enemy.

Could it be that, because until recently they weren't selling operating systems? Just guessing...

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