Microsoft said today that it’s renaming Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure, as of April 3.
“This change reflects Microsoft’s strategy and focus on Azure as the public cloud platform for customers as well as for our own services Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Bing, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live,” the company said in a blog post.
It also reflects Microsoft’s move away from centralizing its services and branding around Windows. Azure currently supports “one of the broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud — from Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle,” according to the blog post.
The move was expected, as reported by ZDNet Monday.