Windows Azure set for Linux inclusion?

Jennifer Scott News
3 Jan, 2012

Microsoft may have a reputation for being a closed book, but it seems 2012 will see the firm heading further down the open source path.

A report today suggested Microsoft will be offering open source technologies in its virtual machines (VMs) as part of a Windows Azure update.

A blog post from ZDNet cited anonymous contacts who claimed the new offering would enable users to run either Windows or Linux with persistent support in a VM.

Although it will keep open source fans happy, the sources claimed Microsoft would offer no support for those choosing Linux and customers would have to upload their images without the Redmond giant’s help.

However, the update – expected to launch as a “Community Technology Preview” in spring this year – also opens up the options of running more third party applications on the cloud platform as well, thanks to the “durability” aspect.

This means the VMs running the applications will be constantly available, so Windows Azure can be trusted to host the likes of SQL or SharePoint servers.

We contacted Microsoft to confirm the report but it had not returned our requests at the time of publication.

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