Wednesday,18 November 2009
Los Angeles: Microsoft has announced that it will be releasing its cloud based computing system Azure on January 1, next year. The company plans to take advantage of the growing interest in internet-based software and services, according to Reuters.
Azure provides an online platform for software developers to create their own programs, and space for customers to store data. The service was rolled out for experimentation a year ago.
The announcement was made by Microsoft's Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie in the company's annual software developers conference.
Microsoft is expected to be a big player in the cloud computing market - broadly the trend toward running software in remote datacenters and accessing it over the Internet - but has lagged behind pioneering rivals such as Amazon.com, which already sells cloud-based storage, and Google, which offers a range of free, online software.
The first month of the service will be free, and billing will start in February, said Ozzie.