This Microsoft has been touting for a while the ability for developers to use a variety of tools, like Java, PHP, Ruby and Eclipse, when developing applications for Windows Azure. But the company is going to step up its Java support for Azure in the coming weeks and months, elevating Java to a “first-class citizen” in the Microsoft cloud realm.
The reasons Microsoft is interested in doing this aren’t hard to figure. There are lots of Java developers out there whom Microsoft would be excluding from its potential cloud customer base if it didn’t support anything beyond .Net. And Microsoft cloud competitors like VMware, Amazon and Google all have built Java support into their respective platforms.
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