The Windows Azure Platform is part of Microsoft’s cloud strategy. It is similar to Amazon’s Web Services products to provide a virtual data center which includes everything from computational resources to database services to syncrhonization.
Microsoft announced toolkits to let mobile app developers access Azure platform resources. The toolkit is available for Apple iOS and Microsoft’s own Windows Phone now. The toolkit for Android will be released sometime during this summer.
Microsoft notes that online local-discount giant Groupon is already Windows Azure for their mobile solutions.
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