When building Windows Azure, one of the aspects of the operating system emphasized time and time again by the company was interoperability. And, indeed, early adopters but also customers of the Cloud platform from Microsoft can testify to the fact that Windows Azure plays nice with a range of non-Microsoft technologies. The Redmond giant wanted to make sure that developers leveraging PHP and Java would feel right at home on the new platform. A new video tutorial made available on MSDN is designed to show devs how to run a Java application on Windows Azure.

After all, I bet there are people in Java-centric shops that need a bit of convincing.

“For those of you interested in Windows Azure, an open platform on which applications written in .NET, PHP, or Java can run, the Windows Azure team has just posted a new video to MSDN on how to create and run a Java application in Windows Azure,” Peter Galli, the Open Source Community manager for Microsoft’s Platform Strategy Group, revealed.

Microsoft finalized Windows Azure in November 2009, but only launched the new platform for customers in early 2010. As of February 1st, 2010, Windows Azure was available in no less than 21 markets around the world, and that number grew to 41 countries and regions in the first half of April. Come July 1st, the Redmond company will start charging for the usage of the Windows Azure Content Delivery Network, according to these pricing details.

“Windows Azure in an open platform. This means you can run applications written in .NET, PHP, or Java. In this video Scott Golightly will show how to create and run an application written in Java in Windows Azure. We will create a simple Java application that runs under Apache Tomcat and then show how that can be packaged up and deployed to the Windows Azure development fabric,” Microsoft stated.

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