Microsoft to battle in the clouds with Azure

Microsoft has unveiled a cloud computing service, in which data and applications will not be stored on individuals’ computers.The new platform, dubbed Windows Azure, was announced at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles.The platform was described by Microsoft’s chief software architect Ray Ozzie as “Windows for the cloud”.The framework will be offered alongside the next Windows release, Windows 7.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7693993.stmMicrosoft Unveils ‘Cloud’ Operating System
The company said it would begin offering a new “cloud” operating system that would manage the relationship between software inside the computer and on the Web.
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http://iht.com/articles/2008/10/27/technology/28soft.phpOops! Microsoft forgets to trademark ‘Windows Azure’
Although Microsoft Corp. registered the Web site for its new Windows Azure more than 14 years ago, it has not trademarked the name of its new cloud-based operating system, Windows Azure, Internet searches revealed today.According to searches conducted by Computerworld, Microsoft has not applied for a trademark for either “Windows Azure” or “Azure Services Platform” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Microsoft used both names to describe its Software + Services technology.
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