Microsoft, Apple open up new business opportunities for cloud-based data centers

Bloomberg Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple are taking the next step in their relationship by opening up their data centers to cloud computing.

The new business opportunity is called “outbound data center” and is now a part of the Microsoft cloud, a spokesman said.

“We’re making it a part in the Microsoft platform,” said Mike Blum, Microsoft’s global head of corporate strategy.

Microsoft said Tuesday that the partnership would allow data centers operated by its competitors to be run with the Microsoft software.

The news comes just days after the tech giant announced that it would build a $5 billion data center in China and that it was working with Google on a data center there.

Apple is also working with Microsoft to offer cloud computing, though it has yet to announce plans.

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