Mary Jo Foley reported yesterday that Windows Azure will be renamed as Microsoft Azure.
We think cloud pricing should track Moore’s Law, so we’re simplifying and reducing prices for our various on-demand, pay-as-you-go services by 30-85%.
The Amazon Web Services summit is Wednesday in San Francisco. It’s reasonable to expect some announcements then.
Microsoft’s Build conference (also in San Francisco) is April 2-4. Might be more announcements then, too.
In general I expect cloud providers to keep lowering prices and adding features. There are a bunch of smaller providers too. You can get an SSD server from DigitalOcean for $5/month. Heroku has free tiers. Etc.
I keep saying to Cocoa developers: if your app needs web services (including syncing), and you’ve been reluctant to learn this stuff and to pay for web services, it’s a good time to get over your reluctance and get to work.