Microsoft adds limited support for Linux on Azure cloud
Microsoft has done the previously unthinkable and said it will now provide “limited support for major Linux distributions, third-party and open-source technologies” on its Azure cloud.
The move is a big departure from Microsoft’s previous Windows-centric past, and comes as part of its ongoing efforts to provide a smoother experience for its cloud computing customers running Linux workloads on Azure. To get the ball rolling, Microsoft will support what it describes as the most popular Linux distros as of July 15.
Although surprising, the move wasn’t unexpected. Last October, while detailing plans to boost the company’s hyperscale cloud capabilities, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proclaimed that “We are also a cloud that supports any OS on any container technology, so we support both Linux and Windows Server,” before adding that “Microsoft loves Linux”.
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