Microsoft updates Azure cloud computing platform

Software giant Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform is now simpler, more open and more affordable, thanks to the new updates that have upgraded the SQL Azure database service, simplified billing and management.

The new Windows Azure SDK for Node. js provides developers with a better environment to create and deploy better Node apps, with hosting, storage and service bus support for Azure.

As promised at PASS summit in October this year, Microsoft will also deliver a restricted preview of an Apache Hadoop-based service for Windows.