This shift in Microsoft’s strategy just makes sense, because it’s Cloud ecosystem has outgrown the “Windows” label.
Microsoft Azure is about being able to host your solutions at scale. Whether we develop using Java, Node, PHP, .NET… we should be able to deploy to the cloud and benefit from its rich ecosystem.
I for one, can’t wait to see the new branding. But for now, I will leave you with a quote from the blog post by the Microsoft Azure Team (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2014/03/25/upcoming-name-change-for-windows-azure.aspx):
Today we are announcing that Windows Azure will be renamed to Microsoft Azure, beginning April 3, 2014. This change reflects Microsoft’s strategy and focus on Azure as the public cloud platform for customers as well as for our own services Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Bing, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live.
Our commitment to deliver an enterprise-grade cloud platform for the world’s applications is greater than ever. Today we support one of the broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud—from Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle. In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first, data-powered world, customers want a public cloud platform that supports their needs—whatever they may be—and that public cloud is Microsoft Azure.