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Microsoft will turn on its Windows Azure cloud platform as of January 1, 2010, said Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie in a keynote speech at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2009 here.

In his speech on November 17, Ozzie said Microsoft would continue to offer Windows Azure as a Community Technology Preview (CTP) until the end of 2009, and then turn on Azure’s cloud services for enterprises as of the first of January.

However, Ozzie said charges will not accrue for users in January 2010, but will begin in February.

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