It seems that Microsoft is not about to just offer the use of its Windows Azure cloud-based server service exclusively to other companies, but also to have their very own products and services take advantage of it as well. According to Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s vice president for Windows Azure, he has just confirmed that Skype is now up and operational based on Azure servers. Guthrie mentioned, “Skype, a lot of which is built here in our London developer centre, is also now running on Azure.”
Apart from that, Office 365 authentication as well as security will also pass through Azure servers, not to mention the back end for Xbox Live and the new Xbox One console happen to be heavily dependent on Azure to boot. As for SkyDrive, this consumer cloud data storage service is also right smack in the middle of a transition period to the Azure platform, and as Guthrie stated, “SkyDrive, they are in the process of decommissioning their old servers and moving everything onto Azure. All new storage on SkyDrive now goes to Azure.” However, do bear in mind that it is not every single online service from Microsoft that will be able to perform the leap over to Azure.
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