Windows Azure goes down

Early adopters of Microsoft's cloud-computing network Windows Azure suffered an overnight outage over the weekend during which their applications being hosted on the network weren't available, Microsoft has confirmed.

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Early adopters of Microsoft's cloud-computing network Windows Azure suffered an overnight outage over the weekend during which their applications being hosted on the network weren't available, Microsoft has confirmed.

Azure is only available as a test release, though some early adopters are running applications on it.

For nearly a 24-hour period from Friday night until Saturday night Pacific Time, those users found that their applications were unreachable or in "stopped" or "initialising" states, Microsoft said yesterday.

The outage was detailed in a post on a Microsoft Developer Network forum.

The problem with Azure followed outages last week at Google and Microsoft on their Gmail and Hotmail e-mail services.

Microsoft unveiled Azure at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles last October and according to public comments made by CEO Steve Ballmer last month, plans to make the infrastructure generally available by November at this year's Professional Developer Conference.

Microsoft plans to give developers more information about how to build applications on Azure and use other features of the network at its annual MIX conference, which is scheduled to start Wednesday in Las Vegas.

The company also will unveil new features of Azure at the event.

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