Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure) is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. It provides software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Azure was announced in October 2008, started with codename “Project Red Dog”, and released in February 1, 2010, as “Windows Azure” before being renamed “Microsoft Azure” on March 25, 2014.
2012 had the ability to work with virtual machines for Windows and Linux (backed by persistent storage)
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