It looks like Microsoft is renaming Windows Azure, too, after killing off Windows Live as part of its re-branding strategy. The company isn't clear on whether or not they'll be retaining the Azure branding though, or if this is just a simple change to billing. It appears to be the latter, however, to simplify the way that customers are billed to avoid using the services' names multiple times in one statement.
The information came in an email sent to customers of the service today, and you can read the full text at the end of this article.
|Prior Service Name||New Service Name|
|Windows Azure Compute||Cloud Services|
|Windows Azure Platform - All Services||All Services|
|Windows Azure CDN||CDN|
|Windows Azure Storage||Storage|
|Windows Azure Traffic Manager||Traffic Manager|
|Windows Azure Virtual Network||Virtual Network|
|AppFabric Service Bus||Service Bus|
|AppFabric Access Control||Access Control|
|SQL Azure||SQL Database|
|SQL Azure Reporting Service||SQL Reporting|
We should note that it appears this is for the billing system only at this point, we will wait for Microsoft to clarify this point.
Full email text:
In the coming weeks, we will update the Windows Azure Service names that appear in the usage records you download. These are only name changes – your prices for Windows Azure are not impacted. The table below summarizes the changes:
Prior Service Name New Service Name Windows Azure Compute Cloud Services Windows Azure Platform - All Services All Services Windows Azure CDN CDN Windows Azure Storage Storage Windows Azure Traffic Manager Traffic Manager Windows Azure Virtual Network Virtual Network AppFabric Cache Cache AppFabric Service Bus Service Bus AppFabric Access Control Access Control SQL Azure SQL Database SQL Azure Reporting Service SQL Reporting