Azure? Really, what’s in a name?

If you think the name is hard to understand then you’ll be lost on the technology. Azure is the name of Microsoft’s new “could” computing platform. Diagrams of the new platform show Azure as a common foundation, allowing developers the ability to create applications by utilizing a plethora of Microsoft software and services.

It’s clear that Microsoft intends to allow developers to utilize this platform to build customized applications hosted in a high availability configuration. What’s not so clear is what services are actually available, what the cost is, or how Microsoft’s other online initiatives fit into the mix.

Some of the known services to be included on Azure are:

  • Live Services to create social applications
  • SQL Services for relational database capabilities
  • .NET services to ease communication and development
  • SharePoint Services for collaboration features
  • Dynamics CRM for customer relationship management

For Azure to be a success, Microsoft needs to clearly define Azure’s role, offer-up great communication, and one-up all of the other “Cloud Computing” competitors. Given Microsoft’s recent lack of clear communication and the nature of the completion, they have a long road ahead of them. After all that, now we have to talk about overcoming the name. Azure?

More Azure Information:

· From Microsoft

· From Paul Thurrott’s Win SuperSite

Windows 7, Again

clip_image002After Microsoft’s PDC, more information about Windows 7 has surfaced. To sum it up: Windows 7 is Vista done right. While Windows 7 isn’t a complete rebuild of Vista, every aspect of the OS has been evaluated and tweaked. And beyond the eye candy, Windows 7 promises to be a performance optimized, less bloated and more stable operating system.

For a complete rundown of the changes and updates in Windows 7 see Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows.