Microsoft is making available to testers a beta of Windows Azure Drive (formerly known as XDrive), which will allow them to create automatic backups of Windows applications that they may want to move to the Azure cloud.I think this is a great thing for Microsoft to do. Basically, XDrive will enable Windows applications to be run against an Azure-based cloud “drive” that supports NTFS. Now wouldn’t that be nice to have your application work against your C: drive one day and then re-configure it the next to run against your XDrive? Voila, your data is in the cloud. This is certainly something that I would want as a configuration option for any new, green-field application – an out-of-the-box configuration option to use cloud storage.
Microsoft is clearly doing this to help migrations to the cloud and that’s awesome just in itself. As a consumer, I really want to point – for example – NTBackup at my XDrive.