services-based operating environment (also called a cloud computing
platform) that will let developers build and host services on Microsoft's infrastructure. Windows Azure is an open platform
that support both Microsoft and non-Microsoft languages and environments. According to the official Microsoft Windows Azure Web site
, developers can build their applications and services, developers using Visual Studio 2008 as well as popular standards and protocols including SOAP
, and XML
See "Understanding Web Services" in the Did You Know...? section of Webopedia.
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