Windows Azure to support open source
Microsoft has announced its cloud computing initiative and it’s called Azure. The company also says that Azure will include support for open source web development tools.
The Azure “platform” is a Web-based Windows operating system that allows developers to build applications on a scalable platform without needing their own server farms, much like Amazon’s EC2 service.
The difference, says Microsoft, is that “unlike many of today’s service-based solutions, the Azure Services Platform provides developers with the flexibility and ability to create applications while taking advantage of their existing skills, tools and technologies such as the Microsoft .NET Framework and Visual Studio.”
Interestingly, Microsoft also says that developers will be able to choose from “a broad range of commercial or open source development tools and technologies”.
And on the Azure website the company says that support for open source web development languages will also be made available: “Windows Azure is an open platform that will support both Microsoft and non-Microsoft languages and environments. Windows Azure welcomes third party tools and languages such as Eclipse, Ruby, PHP, and Python.”