Microsoft Windows Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure that can deploy and managing applications through a global network of Microsoft managed data-centers. Windows Azure has surpassed $1 billion in annual sales for the first time, proving that they can be a real threat to Amazon Web Services.
Around 20% of companies use the cloud are on Azure compared to 71% that is on Amazon according to Forrester Research analyst James Staten. Within one year, Microsoft can hit as high as 35% added Staten.
Microsoft?s Azure subscriptions have grown 48% in the past 6 months according to Microsoft VP for marketing at the server and tools division Takeshi Numoto. The Microsoft unit that includes Azure has hit 9 straight quarters of sales growth of at least 10%.