After a 2012 leap year outage and a confusing email about a possible name change, many thought Microsoft was either just unreliable or had hopped the one-way train bound for Crazytown. But it takes more than a few stutter steps to topple Windows Azure, Microsoft's wildly successful public cloud computing platform, which figures to grow in strategic importance as it gets bundled seamlessly into Windows Server 2012. And, let’s face it, everyone loves a scandal; these news stories just make the market more interesting. If you're willing to give Windows Azure a shot, read up on its pros and cons, then strap in and see where Microsoft takes you next.
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