Posted by Mary Jo Foley

When Microsoft showed off its comprehensive Azure cloud “layer cake” diagram back at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in 2008, to me, it had somewhat of a slapped-together feeling.
Up until last fall, Microsoft was building two “cloud” developer platforms in parallel that were meant to provide programmers with a consistent set of programming interfaces and services: The Azure services platform and the Live Framework platform. At the PDC Microsoft officials made a case for a unified cloud platform, with Live Framework/Services and Azure’s .Net Services happily coexisting.

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Microsoft to cut Live Framework and Services from its Azure cloud platform | All about Microsoft |