A timely reality check; see the full article
Microsoft's Hailstorm prompted an avalanche of criticism when it was proposed seven years ago, but developers seem to have few qualms with Windows Azure, which embraces many of the same notions.
With Windows Azure, Microsoft not only controls the operating system but also the data centers where the applications run and the servers where the information is stored. If anything, Microsoft's control has grown, not shrunk from the vision that the company outlined in 2001.
So why the lack of uproar this time?
p.s. a clarification on the first quote attributed to me in the article: I said Microsoft was perceived by many to be an evil empire, circa PDC 2000