Microsoft celebrates the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Windows Azure platform with an announcement of two big customer wins -- wireless operator T-Mobile USA Inc. and tech giant Xerox Corp.
The two companies will use the Windows Azure platform to develop new cloud computing services such as T-Mobile's "Family Room," a new mobile software application that helps families share photos and coordinate activities -- like a family movie night -- across multiple devices. Working under a tight deadline, the developers chose Windows Azure and SQL Azure, along with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Phone 7, as the solution to fit their needs.
Xerox has used the Windows Azure platform to develop Xerox Cloud Print, a cloud-based printing service that enables end users to route a printing job to any available public printer directly from their mobile devices. Now, when employees are traveling on business, they can do things like quickly print a presentation for tomorrow's client meeting without having to spend countless hours at a local hotel business center. By running Windows Azure and SQL Azure, developers were able to build Xerox Cloud Print in just four months.