Microsoft (MSFT) Unveils Space Ambitions – Investopedia

Microsoft (MSFT) Unveils Space Ambitions – Investopedia

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) has shared more details about its Azure space program and the latest strategic partnerships this week, providing greater insight into how the company plans to compete against Amazon.com, Inc.’s (AMZN) Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOG) Google Cloud for cloud computing market dominance.

As private and public companies are playing an increasingly prominent role in space exploration alongside governments, the race to provide cloud computing services to these emerging space players is also heating up.

“At Microsoft, we intend to make Azure the platform and ecosystem of choice for the mission needs of the space community by harnessing the power of Azure,” said Tom Keane, Azure Global & Industry Solutions corporate vice president.

Microsoft’s Azure Space new offerings, which offer cloud computing solutions “on and off the planet,” will also allow it to compete with Google Cloud and AWS, with Amazon’s service holding the largest chunk of the $34.6 billion cloud computing market, according to Canalys research.

On Oct. 20, Microsoft announced partnerships with SpaceX and SES S.A. (Source…