Well, I have waited for a while now to post on Microsoft's new cloud computing platform because I was waiting for something, well, of substance. Does anyone else but me find it humourous that they have named their cloud computing effort Azure? Makes me think of a cloudless day ironically. I have said in the past that Microsoft is late to the game, and it looks like they are going to be even later. Seems as if everything that they have to offer is still in preview mode and I have seen very few examples of working applications on the Live Services or Azure platform. I do have the need to run some applications on Windows technology right now, and I was looking forward to Microsofts entry into cloud computing to see what I might be able to make use of, but with Amazon now offering Windows 2003 servers as AMIs I am wondering if the Azure platform will even be necessary. Will Microsoft be able to compete with Amazon on price? I think I will wait and see what the price model will be and how much they really intend to support the "Coming Soon" application languages and platforms such as Eclipse and PHP.