Tuesday, July 14, 2009

On-demand pricing for Windows Azure

InformationWeek's Paul McDougall reports on Windows Azure pricing and it provides confirmation that Microsoft is transitioning its boxed software business into a service business.

Paul's assessment:
"Azure is the latest sign that Microsoft is eyeing the Web as the primary delivery mechanism for software and services. On Monday, the company said it planned to make a version of Microsoft Office 2010 available to consumers over the Internet at no charge. It plans a similar offering for businesses."

In my mind there is still one piece missing for productive cloud computing and that is the seamless integration of the client. None of the big vendors are particularly keen on solving this problem since it diminishes their economic lock-in. But users create, use, and transform data and information on their clients and data needs to seamlessly flow between the client and the cloud. This flow in my mind is best managed by the OS, or a tightly integrated run-time. You see many of these service components show up in the mobile platforms, but the PC ecosystem is lagging here.

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