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"We welcome Microsoft's movement to the cloud," said Google spokesman Mike Nelson. "Choice is good for users, and their direction further validates that the future of computing is in the cloud."
An Amazon Web services spokeswoman, Kay Kinton, said her company doesn't discuss competitors. "We always thought that there would be multiple companies pursuing this space," she said.
Rebecca Wettemann, vice president at Nucleus Research in Boston, warned that Microsoft may be late to the game.
"Microsoft, welcome to the 21st century," Wettemann said. "Microsoft is playing catch-up again.
It’ll be interesting to see how these perspectives evolve over the next couple years.