Microsoft Azure, often referred to as Azure is a cloud computing service operated by
Microsoft for application management via Microsoft-managed data centers. It
provides software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and
infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and supports many different programming
languages, tools, and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party
software and systems.
Azure, announced at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in
October 2008, went by the internal project codename "Project Red Dog" and formally
released in February 2010, as Windows Azure before being renamed Microsoft
Azure on March 25, 2014.