Where all of the assumptions pointed to Amazon being the unstoppable force in public cloud computing, Microsoft has stepped up and shown those assumptions to be a thing of the past. The Microsoft Azure public cloud (formerly Windows Azure) is an increasingly powerful presence in public cloud infrastructure in general, and among its competitors.
With the recent move by Google to move towards a more aggressive pricing model, the only option that was left to Amazon and Microsoft was to respond in kind. This has been considered to be what many analysts are calling the “race to zero” on consumer cloud pricing.
The Growing Azure Portfolio
Microsoft has rebranded from Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure for a rather obvious reason: Windows is no longer the major feature of the platform. The change was not just done in name only, as Microsoft is becoming an aggressive player in the cloud marketplace both in SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) with their Office 365 offerings, and now in their IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) platform.
At the time of writing this, you can see that there are already a wide array of services to be able to deploy in the Azure management portal.