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Ozzie's Head in the Clouds

Bill Gates was great at grabbing onto a concept and never letting go. Two examples come to mind: a PC on every desk, and information at your fingertips.

Ray Ozzie is much the same way with cloud computing. Every speech he gives is a sales pitch for clouds. So it was no surprise that Ozzie's keynote at this week's Professional Developers Conference was all about Azure.

Was there any new news? Well, Azure will be commercially available on Jan. 1, so if you're not hungover, you could give it a whirl.

One area I've been confused about wasn't entirely cleared up, though. My sense is that Azure is for building apps that run in the Microsoft cloud, not ones you build yourself in your very own datacenter. Ozzie mentioned that Microsoft is working on a single development model for internal and external clouds, but didn't seem to give a lot of detail. If you know the answer to this perplexing question, send it my way at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/18/2009 at 1:17 PM


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