“We've taken a lot from Azure” for Windows Server 8 Says Microsoft

Microsoft's head of Server and Cloud Division Bill Laing has detailed the company’s plan for the upcoming Windows Server 8 platform.

Speaking to PC Mag before the start of his keynote at the first day of the Windows Server 8 Reviewers' Workshop, Laing said that a lot of elements in the Windows Sever 8 had been inspired by the Azure cloud computing platform.

First, he talked a bit about the platform’s development process, informing that developers had already testing the Windows Server 8 and some of the partners, in the Technology Adoption Program were also carrying out deployments.

He also informed that the platform will come with a new tool for Sever Manager and a lot of features were added to the platform that the previous version.

Laing said that even though most customers bought new hardware when they upgraded their server platforms, the company is also focusing on allowing them to run the platform on older machines as well.

“We want people to be able to manage many machines from one. Our goal was to make it a natural evolution for people. I think that it's probably the broadest [of changes]. We've added more features than our several last releases. It's a big release of Windows Server. And it's in every area—file system storage, clustering, virtualization, remote access…,” Laing said.