Image Gallery: 10 Drivers For Microsoft Surge In 2010
Start with Windows 7, Office 2010, and SharePoint 2010 then add hybrid, on-premise/cloud options for productivity apps, enterprise apps, development and processing power and Microsoft has the makings for a big year.
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The platform supporting Microsoft's cloud strategy is Azure, pay-per-use computing and storage offered from a virtualized, multi-tenant IT infrastructure. Azure services include SQL Azure, a cloud version of the SQL Server database. Azure won't drive serious revenue, but gives it a foothold in the emerging cloud platform market.