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|Azure to Be Licensed for Server Applications|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2012|
SharePoint Server and SQL Server will be allowed to run on the Windows Azure Virtual Machines (VM) service under rules published in June 2012. The Azure VM service uses Microsoft data centers to host VMs that run the customer's chosen OS and applications. Microsoft server applications on Azure will offer organizations tighter control and better customization than Microsoft-hosted cloud applications such as SharePoint Online.
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