Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing infrastructure and platform designed to build, deploy and manage different applications and services through a giant network of data centres managed by Microsoft.
Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, launched in 1st February 2010 as Windows Azure which was later renamed to Microsoft Azure on 25th March 2014. In addition to traditional cloud offerings such as virtual machines, object storage, and content delivery networks (CDNs), Azure offers services that leverage proprietary Microsoft technologies. For example, RemoteApp allows for the deployment of Windows programs using a virtual machine, with clients on Windows, Mac OS, Android, or iOS using the program through a remote desktop connection. Azure also offers cloud-hosted versions of common enterprise Microsoft solutions, such as Active Directory and SQL Server.
Apart from providing services like SaaS, PaaS and IaaS, it supports many other programming languages, frameworks and tools which could include third-party systems as well.