Microsoft has become a strong platform company.  Customers want interoperability and the flexibility to run work loads in new and interesting ways.  We have challenged ourselves to support customer requirements for platforms that aren’t Windows. Our vision regarding other operating platforms is simple:  Microsoft is committed to being your cloud partner.  This means end-to-end support that is versatile, flexible, and interoperable for any industry, in any environment, with any guest OS.  This vision ensures we remain realistic – we know that users are going to build applications on open source operating systems, so we have built a powerful set of tools for hosting and managing them. MORE