Ignite 2015 Microsoft has shipped the second Technical Preview of what it’s now officially calling Windows Server 2016 and has announced Azure Stack, a new offering that bundles up Redmond’s public cloud infrastructure into a version that can run in customers’ own data centers.The new Windows Server build was released to coincide with Redmond’s inaugural Ignite conference in Chicago this week, an event that combines the former TechEd with a variety of targeted events that Microsoft used to hold for various products throughout the year.
Microsoft’s cloud revenues are beating those of Amazon’s AWS. That’s if analyst-haus Stifel Nicolaus’s data is correct.Back in 2012’s third quarter Microsoft commercial cloud revenue was $254m, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) ahead at $530m. In the first quarter of 2015 AWS revenues totaled $1.566bn, with Microsoft nudging ahead for the first time at $1.575bn. So that’ll be Office 365 and other online services propping up Microsoft’s Azure cloud numbers.