Posted by: Brien Posey
If you have read my previous blog entries, then you know that I have been writing a lot lately about the next version of Windows, called Windows 7. Earlier this week though, Microsoft announced another Windows release named Windows Azure. I wanted to take the opportunity to clear up any potential confusion about the two new releases.
Windows Azure and Windows 7 couldn’t be more different. Windows 7 is slated to be the successor to Windows Vista, and it is not scheduled to make its debut until sometime in 2010. In fact, Microsoft has notified the beta testers of their inclusion in the Windows 7 beta program, but Microsoft has not officially released any beta code yet.
Windows Azure on the other hand is available now. It isn’t something that you would install on your PC though. Microsoft is trying to compete with Google and some other companies by creating an infrastructure that allows applications to be run in the cloud. Windows Azure is a platform for developing, testing, and hosting applications that are to be run over the Internet.
It remains to be seen what all Microsoft will eventually do with Windows Azure, but for right now, it is primarily of interest only to developers. If you want to read more about Windows Azure though, you can read more about it on the Microsoft Web site at: http://www.microsoft.com/azure/windowsazure.mspx