Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leader Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service (aPaaS). Gartner defines application platform as a service as a cloud platform that enables the development and deployment of multitenant, elastically scalable business applications.

**Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.**

**For context, the Vision axis encompasses the ambition to run any workload, at anytime, anywhere in the world with the appropriate availability, performance, security, and isolation – including the ability to self-service all of the compute, storage, network, and management capabilities necessary. Gartner contends most providers are not yet ready to meet increased customer expectations.**