Microsoft Azure is available, but does anyone care?

Microsoft may find that it has but one shot to make it in the cloud

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Moreover, Microsoft has been chasing the infrastructure market for years, yet has had only very limited success. As one CIO friend told me, "I love Microsoft on my desktops, but no place else."

So with the appearance of Azure, will the luck change by Microsoft? That's really up to Microsoft and its ability to surpass the existing momentum that Amazon Web Services, Google, and the hundreds of other providers out there already established in the cloud. I suspect that most Microsoft and .Net shops will at least evaluate Azure and, if all is well, will use it. However, Microsoft needs to establish a market beyond those guys to be a viable player.

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