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Azure will be free the first month and go paid in February 2010

In October of 2008, Microsoft first unveiled its new Azure cloud-based application. The application was offered to developers for free to allow them to test out the service and get ready for the full introduction of the platform. Microsoft also held a contest earlier this year with $5,000 in prizes for several categories to get developers to build applications for Azure.

Microsoft had always said that Azure would be free for a limited time. Reuters reports that Microsoft has now announced that Azure will officially launch in full form on January 1, 2010. For the first month, the service will be free. Starting in February 2010 the service will move to a paid platform.

At its core Azure is a software platform for developers to use to write programs that allow customers to store data and more. Google and Amazon are already offering online services that use cloud architecture. Google has its free online word processing and productivity applications and Amazon has the aforementioned cloud-based storage it sells.

Exactly how much the service will cost on a monthly basis is unknown. Microsoft's Ray Ozzie announced the official launch date for the service at the annual Microsoft software developers conference Tuesday.

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RE: To be stored on Danger servers
By arazok on 11/18/2009 3:17:55 PM , Rating: -1
PC: "Azure launches in January, and it won't have any of the problems that Sidekick had!"

Mac: "I think I've heard you say this before..."

RE: To be stored on Danger servers
By damianrobertjones on 11/18/2009 4:07:36 PM , Rating: 5
PC: "You git"

Mac: (Smug)"Yay to my smug nature"
(Mac's Mother logs into the Guest account)

Mac: "Ahh crap, all gone"

PC: "Ba haa haaa"

RE: To be stored on Danger servers
By quiksilvr on 11/18/2009 6:32:44 PM , Rating: 5
PC: So Windows 7 is a great success! In one month, it grabbed 4% market share in the US.

Mac: That's nice.

PC: So what's your market share, Mac?

Mac: ...Shut up.

By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 11/19/2009 9:01:24 AM , Rating: 1
Mac: Isn't it great how all I ever say is what is wrong with you, and no one ever talks about my faults?

PC: That is because you write my lines... I mean, what faults, I wish I was as good as you.

Mac: Did you know that "gay" originally stood for "good as you?"

PC: Exactly.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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