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Google opens its cloud to Microsoft workloads

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Google today expanded support for Windows workloads running on its cloud, a move that the company hopes will better position its Google Cloud Platform to court enterprise customers.

Google is looking to catch up with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market, according to researchers. Supporting Windows OSs is seen as somewhat of a table-stakes feature to attract enterprise customers. Google rolled out a preview of Windows Server OSs earlier this year, but today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) made the Windows virtual machine images generally available on the Google Cloud Platform.

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