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Microsoft Corp took the wraps off a new computing service that allows companies to use its data centres to run their Web applications in a bid to become a player in the so-called "cloud computing" trend.
Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, said on Monday it will start previewing "Windows Azure," a platform that allows third-party Web developers to host, manage, calculate and store data for applications running on the Internet.
"It's a transformation of our software. It's a transformation of our strategy," Ozzie said at the Professional Developer's Conference, Microsoft's annual gathering of third-party engineers to detail the company's future plans.
According to some the Azure announcement will be fleshed out during tomorrow's sessions. The details of this new OS are still not very clear to me.
If you use someone else's servers then it's going to be a lot cheaper because you're not paying for under-utilised capacity. They can host multiple clients and use the capacity more efficiently.