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Microsoft Azure is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing platform by Microsoft. Users of the platform can deploy their applications onto cloud hosting benefiting from on-demand service, elastic scale, and a highly managed environment on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Microsoft Azure is Microsoft's application platform for the public cloud. Microsoft Azure can be used to build a web application that runs and stores its data in Microsoft datacenters. It can connect on-premises applications with each other or to map between different sets of identity information.

Azure offers several high level services

Azure offers several services currently in preview

Intro to Azure

Each of these services offers the ability to scale up or down based on demand using predetermined virtual machine sizes to run the services.

Use this tag for questions relating to applications hosted on Azure.