The Next Web published a great interview with Satya Nadella, head of Microsoft’s Server and Tools division. It starts off by detailing how Azure came out of Bing development but makes it clear Azure it is not just a side project. It is the platform that Microsoft’s growing set of services will run on, which means it will play a key role in nearly every step of the company’s new direction. Azure runs more than the Bing apps for Windows 8, however, giving Microsoft a complex set of first-party demands. Many customers are working with Azure as it has the ability to scale without compromise. And as Microsoft is building its corporate future on Azure, it is encouraging it’s customers to do the same.

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