“If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux, it means I’ve won.” ~Linus Torvalds
Finally, it seems Linus Torvalds is en-route to winning battle as now users can obtain and launch Official Ubuntu Images from Canonical on Windows Azure. Windows Azure is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) from Microsoft that now includes the ability to manage individual virtual machines.
As stated in Ubuntu developers blog “Canonical and Microsoft worked together to ensure that Ubuntu, the leading operating system for the Cloud is tested, certified and enterprise ready from the start.”
The Windows Azure gallery currently contains Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS and support is available directly from Canonical. In the Fall Release of Windows Azure you will be able to buy support directly from the Windows Azure Gallery. If you want to deploy Ubuntu on multiple clouds as well as in your data center, our commercial support offering, Ubuntu Advantage provides mission critical support along with capabilities for automating and managing your Ubuntu environment.
Is really MicroSoft helping Linux? I don’t think so. The extent to which Linux’s dominance of the cloud computing ecosystem has come to influence Microsoft’s business decisions to include Ubuntu on Windows Azure. It might be very difficult and unavoidable business decision taken ever by Microsoft!