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Microsoft Azure is a comprehensive cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers. It offers a wide array of services, including those for computing, analytics, storage, and networking. Users can pick and choose from these services to develop and scale new applications, or run existing applications, in the public cloud.

Azure supports a range of operating systems, programming languages, frameworks, databases, and devices, allowing developers to use tools and technologies they are already familiar with. Its integrated tools, pre-built templates, and managed services make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, web, and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using skills you already have and technologies you already know.

Microsoft emphasizes security, privacy, compliance, and transparency in Azure's infrastructure, making it a trusted platform for a variety of industries, including healthcare and government. With its global network of data centers, Azure provides high availability, redundancy, and scalability, enabling businesses to deploy applications and data storage around the globe, ensuring customer data is always close at hand and resilient to failure. Azure's flexible pricing and the ability to scale resources on demand help businesses manage costs and grow at their own pace.