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Virtual Machine functionality will be added to Windows Azure, Microsoft says

In a March 29 Q&A, Microsoft execs reiterated the company’s commitment to providing Virtual Machine support on Windows Azure, but still weren’t ready to talk pricing. In terms of timing, officials said customers’ll be able to migrate existing Windows Server apps through promised managed VM functionality some time in calendar 2010. “Yes, Microsoft’ll add VM functionality to Windows Azure to expand the set of existing apps that can be run on it. This VM deployment functionality will enable developers to run a wide range of Windows apps in Azure, while taking full advantage of the built in automated service management. We aren’t announcing pricing for proposed Azure VM functionality. However, this pricing will be consistent with our current Windows Azure pricing model. In the future, Microsoft will provide ability for Windows Azure licensing agreements to be integrated into Enterprise customer programs such as Enterprise Agreement and Select. We’ll provide specifics about licensing model and pricing details in calendar year 2010,” responded Murray Gordon.


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