"Last month, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft opened a U.K. data center for its Azure cloud-computing service as well as two sites in Germany. The company can also use investments in Western Europe as jumping off points in markets in Eastern Europe that are growing, such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, Anderson said.Microsoft’s Push to Win European Cloud Customers Tops $3 Billion - Bloomberg
Among public-cloud infrastructure service providers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Amazon has 39 percent market share compared with Microsoft’s 13 percent, according to Synergy. Nadella said Microsoft is far closer to Amazon when it comes to customers among governments, small businesses and local startups.
"We definitely acknowledge the lead Amazon has in a segment in an early market, but a sustainable long-term business can only be built when it has broader impact," he said."
Monday, October 03, 2016
Microsoft’s Push to Win European Cloud Customers Tops $3 Billion - Bloomberg
Also see Building a cloud for global good (Microsoft blog)