What are Microsoft Azure Services

Windows Azure service is a cloud Platform offered by Microsoft. It is commonly referred to as being a “Platform As A Service or (PaaS) . It enables the development and hosting of applications in Microsoft’s managed data center as opposed to traditional on premise development and hosting that requires hardware and compute resources to be maintained and continuously upgraded based on a traditional infrastructure lifecycle .

Windows Azure Service platform is a suite of different Microsoft applications and services providing the backend architecture for developing feature-rich applications hosted on Microsoft and third-party infrastructures. The Azure Service platform uses Windows Azure’s cloud specific operating system. The components in the Azure Service platform includes Live Services, SQL Azure for targeted cloud database management, SharePoint Services, Dynamic Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Services, and AppFabric providing different sets of application-centric services.

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