Tuesday, IT Business Edge's Kachina Dunn wrote about Microsoft's cloud platform, Windows Azure. In introducing the Web-based platform, Ray Ozzie gave kudos to competitors like Amazon, Salesforce and Google for their work in developing the cloud to this point.
Kachina also pointed to a CNET News piece that quoted Microsoft's Dave Thompson. He told a Professional Developers Conference audience, "all our enterprise software will be delivered as an online service as an option."
According to Microsoft:
Azure fully supports Microsoft Web technologies such as ASP.NET, Internet Information Services, and Visual Studio 2008, so developers can immediately use their existing skills to efficiently create, test, deploy, manage & monetize web services...
Thursday, Tectonic writers drew my attention to another aspect of Azure that is particularly relevant: Azure will support open source Web development. The story says "developers will be able to choose from 'a broad range of commercial or open source development tools and technologies'."
Such technologies include Eclipse, Ruby, PHP and Python, Microsoft says. Some may still be questioning Microsoft's motives for embracing more open source technology, but it seems the move is yet one more acknowledgment from Redmond that mixed source environments are a given today.