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Microsoft to Start Cloud Girl Manga for Windows Azure

posted on by Egan Loo
Cloud services anthropomorphized as "Claudia" with Nanami Madobe cameo

Microsoft Japan will begin releasing Cloud Girl - Mado to Kumo to Aoi Sora- (Cloud Girl: Windows, Clouds, and Azure Skies), an "epic manga" that will explain and promote Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud services system, on May 9. The Microsoft Developer Network already posted a preview of the manga, in which the cloud services are personified by the character "Claudia." The preview includes a cameo by Nanami Madobe, the unofficial blue-haired mascot character created to promote the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.

In cloud services, applications, data, and other resources are hosted on the network instead of stored on each computer. In the manga preview, Microsoft claims that Windows Azure will help developers and administrators deal with insufficient resources, tight schedules, and other issues with just minimal setup at inexpensive prices. According to Microsoft, Windows Azure does this by getting rid of the exhaustive, redundant work that goes into hardware maintenance, patches, and the latest operating system upgrades for multiple computers.

Source: Gigazine

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