Microsoft Moves ( Azure) Into The Cloud And ( Office ) Into The Browser

Today's big news comes from Microsoft at the yesterday's Microsoft Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, where the company declared that they are creating a new platform called Azure, enabling people and companies to use Microsoft applications stored online. ( in the cloud)

Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Services Platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage Web applications on the Internet through Microsoft® data centers.

With Azure users can now build and distribute web applications on the Internet with minimal cost and debug or update software programs off premises without the help of technical departments. For more info go to ReadWriteWeb.

At the conference Microsoft also announced that the next release of Microsoft Office will include browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. These long overdue Microsoft's browser applications will be similar in functionality to Google Docs and Zoho and "will be available to consumers through Office Live, through paid subscriptions and licenses. ReadWriteWeb has the details.

And if you think that this is all from Microsoft, it is not. Get ready for the successor of Microsoft’s operating system Vista, called Windows 7, currently in development.

Cloud computing allows anyone to access technology services from the Interenet without the necessary expertise to maintain it. Everyone ( Amazon, Google) today is moving their services online ( into the cloud), so Microsoft’s decision should not come as a surprise to no one.

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