Microsoft's cloud computing efforts are beginning to bear fruit. Last week, the company announced that the business unit that includes both its Windows Azure cloud platform and the Office 365 cloud-based productivity suite experienced 103 percent quarterly increases in revenue.
There are two reasons for the company's growth, writes eWeek's Eric Lundquist. "One: Microsoft has shown a willingness to allow non-Microsoft products to be part of the cloud structure. And two, and more importantly: the Azure offerings are designed to provide an easy on-ramp from on-premise applications to hybrid cloud computing."