Since then Microsoft have come to their senses or at least realised that even they cannot do without it. So they have decided to embrace it and extend it..in fact they love it now
Here you see the new top dog at Microsoft -Satya Nadella - playing those new tunes:
Not that they will switch to Linux all together, but Linux will work greatly on Microsoft's Azure cloud. 20% of Azure is actually Linux and the support for Linux there is superb according to Microsoft.
Yesterday the service was extended to CoreOS a Linux distro that specialises on servers and clusters.
So at least when Linux is on Microsoft's servers: they love it!
Microsoft partnered with Cloudera to enable Azure, this probably means that Microsofts server is driven by Apache Hadoop
And Microsoft have invested in the infrastructure:
Yesterday they introduced a new set of machines in Azure, called the G-series. Those computers are based on the Intel Xeon E5 v3-processors.
According to Microsoft this is the biggest virtual computer that is offered today for public clouds. The biggest one has 32 processor cores, 448 gigabyte of RAM and 6,5 terabytes of local SSD based storage.
If this is not enough, you can opt for more storage in the Premium package.
The new Azure will also have a Marketplace where the customers can get an overview over applications, buy them, and role them out with a few mouse clicks.
Regardless of WIndows or Linux - what you need will be installed. The flexibility and ease of use is great. You do not have to invest in an expensive computer infrastructure - you will be using Microsoft's servers.
One server to rule them all?
The problem Microsoft faces is that these servers are all under US jurisdiction. That problem remains even if Microsoft is fighting it.
The German and Japanese car industry will probably never use Azure - for this very reason.