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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Doesn't Know What's It's Doing in the Clouds

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Microsoft's Azure--I remain perplexed

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| I'm still trying to figure out if Microsoft's Azure announcements are 
| meaningful beyond just providing a bit of color for the newly revealed Cloud 
| services.  
| Mary Jo Foley provides some good insight in her "Microsoft's Azure cloud 
| platform: A guide for the perplexed" though the fact that she even had to 
| write such a thing speaks to the lack of clear message coming from Microsoft.   


Azure Blues: Microsoft and the electric power industry have a lot in common.

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| Yet based on the Microsoft announcement this week, all Windows Azure looks 
| like to me is Microsoft's effort to sell web services or maybe cut the 
| sticker shock for smaller businesses adopting SQL Server. But more properly, 
| it likely means Microsoft's acceptance that computing clients may eventually 
| be free or nearly so. In short, Windows Azure is an insurance policy against 
| the possible Vista-like failure of Windows 7.     



Microsoft Is Giving Up on Windows

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| It's true: Microsoft has confirmed that it's abandoning Windows as we know
| it. Cagey as ever, the Microsofties won't say when it'll happen, but they
| have talked a little bit about what the next OS is going to look like--or not
| look like.
| [...]
| Midori for Linux?
| One of my smarter-than-me buddies, Gary F., told me that Linus Torvalds
| worked on something called Midori a few years ago, an embedded Linux for
| mobile devices: "I doubt Microsoft would ever release something that could be
| traced back to Linux, but if I recall correctly, Transmeta's Midori had some
| rudimentary 'cloud computing' features vaguely similar to Microsoft's
| Midori." Read "Details emerge on Transmeta's "Mobile Linux" and "Transmeta
| Exports Midori Linux to China" for details.


PDC 2008: More details on Windows Azure, the Internet operating system

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| First of all, Microsoft doesn't have the greatest track record on the
| Internet, and it's not clear that developers will jump onto the Windows Azure
| bandwagon. Will businesses be willing to commit to a proprietary platform and
| lock their cloud applications to Microsoft's datacenters?


Microsoft could block popular Azure apps

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| "When you hit the quota...it's possible we will block access to your site,"
| Microsoft's Manuvir Das told PDC after a session, Lap Around Windows Azure.
| Das did try to reassure potential developers blocking was not guaranteed, but
| noted: "We have the capability to do that and may have to do that."


Stallman warns against cloud computing

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| In an interview reported by The Guardian, he said, "It's stupidity. It's
| worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign."
| Stallman warns that cloud computing is simply a trap to entice users' into
| entrusting their data and computing applications to proprietary systems that
| are beyond their own control and which service providers could make more and
| more expensive for users over time. He doesn't trust the vendors.
| "Somebody is saying this is inevitable -- and whenever you hear somebody
| saying that, it's very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make
| it true," Stallman said.


Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman

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| Web-based programs like Google's Gmail will force people to buy into locked,
| proprietary systems that will cost more and more over time, according to the
| free software campaigner


Cloud Computing Has To Be About Openness And Ease; Not Locking Developers In

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| There was a ton of press coverage today over Microsoft's
| not-particularly-surprising announcement of Microsoft Azure, its attempt to
| get into the cloud computing business, competing with the likes of Amazon,
| Google's AppEngine and (now) Rackspace, among others. Microsoft entering this
| space isn't a surprise at all, so it's a bit disappointing to see the sheer
| lack of details surrounding the announcement. Amazon has succeeded in the
| space because of two main things: incredibly cheap prices and ridiculous
| ease-of-use.

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