Recently, Microsoft blazed new trail with its first-ever sponsored presence at Oracle OpenWorld. This participation was in celebration of the new partnership between Oracle and Microsoft which will provide customers more flexibility and choice for how they deploy Oracle’s software on Microsoft’s Cloud OS platforms.

The week was punctuated by Brad Anderson’s keynote delivery, announcing the preview availability of Oracle virtual machine images in the Windows Azure image gallery. If you weren’t one of the 10,000 in attendance, you can watch highlights of Brad’s OpenWorld keynote here (full-length version also available). Social channels buzzed with surprised and positive reactions to the announcements including comments like the following:

Conversations on Microsoft at Oracle OpenWorld

Those reactions were mirrored in the exhibition hall and at Microsoft’s breakout sessions where product experts answered questions ranging from “What is Windows Azure?” to “Do you really have Oracle Linux running in Windows Azure?” (by the way, the answer is YES!).

Has Microsoft and Oracle’s unexpected relationship peaked your interest as well? Try out the new images for yourself. Visit WindowAzure.com/Oracle for more information and to activate your free trial account.

Brad Anderson at Oracle OpenWorld 2013