Microsoft begins 'cloud computing'

Microsoft begins 'cloud computing'

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Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect

Microsoft has launched it's Azure cloud computing platform

They have been part the daily routines of many of us for years.

However, Microsoft's old business model, based on selling software for individual computers, is being challenged now by what is called 'cloud computing': putting data and programmes into global networks.

Tom Standage is business editor at the Economist magazine in London.

World Update's Dan Damon asked him about the concept behind 'cloud computing' and why it might be a challenge for Microsoft to keep up.

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First broadcast 28 October 2008