Microsoft: Skype now runs on Windows Azure; SkyDrive moving to Azure soon

Microsoft is not only offering the use of its Windows Azure cloud-based server service to other companies but is using it more and more for its own products and services. In a new interview, Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's vice president for Windows Azure, confirms that Skype operations are now based on Azure servers.

In a chat with The Register, Guthrie states, "Skype, a lot of which is built here in our London developer centre, is also now running on Azure." Office 365 authentication and security goes through Azure servers, and the back end for Xbox Live and the new Xbox One console is "heavily" based on Azure as well, according to Guthrie.

And what about SkyDrive, Microsoft's consumer cloud data storage service? As it turns out, it is in the middle of a transition to Azure. Guthrie states, "SkyDrive, they are in the process of decommissioning their old servers and moving everything onto Azure. All new storage on SkyDrive now goes to Azure."

Not every online service from Microsoft will switch to Azure. ZDNet reports that Bing, Outlook/Hotmail and parts of Xbox Live will still be run on old-fashioned dedicated servers placed inside data centers.

Guthrie also talked about the reliability of Azure servers, which have experienced a few outages in the past 12 months, including one in February that affected all regions due to an expired HTTPS certificate. Guthrie said, "From a general availability and reliability perspective I feel pretty good that our systems are better than pretty much every customer system I have met."

Source: The Register via ZDNet | Image via Microsoft

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ZipZapRap said,

Now you're Bing ridiculous.

signed, one Hotmail.

The Outlook is great! This move is Skype for the picking. Well done! =)

abecedarian paradoxious said,
I'm going to install some partitions; that's the new format.

We don't want to see through your windows; we don't want word to get out about at what you excel.


Word.

Brendeth said,
We all seem to have a common lync and I feel safe enough to Sharepoint with all of you.

I cant help but agree with you. You seem to SkyDrive the PowerPoint home with your excellent comment =).

Great now if someone takes down azure, the only and only service they bought which was always up will go down too, wohooo /s!

Shahrad said,
Great now if someone takes down azure, the only and only service they bought which was always up will go down too, wohooo /s!

Due to the distributed, virtualized nature of Azure, good luck.

It's too bad because the cool thing about Skype was the p2p infrastructure But no servers no prism i guess

Rudy said,
It's too bad because the cool thing about Skype was the p2p infrastructure But no servers no prism i guess

The p2p infrastructure is what made it unreliable, the opposite of 'reliable'.

Why about Skype's old p2p do you think is better than a centralized server directory?

Mobius Enigma said,

The p2p infrastructure is what made it unreliable, the opposite of 'reliable'.

Why about Skype's old p2p do you think is better than a centralized server directory?

Skype sucks nowadays, and not only the interface. It often just doesn't work, lacks common features, does not sync between different devices etc etc.

Jundor said,

Skype sucks nowadays, and not only the interface. It often just doesn't work, lacks common features, does not sync between different devices etc etc.

I've noticed recently that I have actually been getting synced messages now. P2P could never do that, either.

Jundor said,

Skype sucks nowadays, and not only the interface. It often just doesn't work, lacks common features, does not sync between different devices etc etc.

they are switching to azure for this reason and for real offline messages

And to think, the tech behind Azure has reached everyman (I'm speaking about Hyper-V). The CPU tech required to support Hyper-V is as ubiquitous today as VT-x was (in fact, more ubiquitous) when Windows 7 launched. (In fact, you can run Hyper-V on quite a few *tablets* - not just the Surface Pro.) How many newly-shipping (with Windows 7) notebooks couldn't run XPMode in Windows Virtual PC?

The guy head of azure Scott Guthrie is really one of the people I look up into. He is a great developer and Leader. That guy does amazing job at Microsoft. Good Job Scott.

does that mean Skype could finally work somewhat on background (at least toast notifications and tile updates) on WP 7.8?
Also, just what SkyDrive was using all this time then? I thought it was already on Azure.

I don't give a hoot what infrastructure underpins the cloud storage of SkyDrive, I just want the built-in 8.1 Skydrive app to have some decent controls for conflict resolution, and for it to stop bothering me about "failing to sync" a file that I used only briefly and deleted a month ago. Argh!

8.1 is awesome. Skydrive for 8.1 is not, it's dumbed down to the point where you can't do anything with it.

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