Microsoft Azure, commonly referred to as Azure, is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers. Azure provides a wide range of cloud services including computing, storage, databases, networking, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, analytics, security, and developer tools. Azure's services can be used to develop and host web applications, mobile backends, enterprise applications, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and more. Azure offers a global network of data centers, enabling users to deploy applications closer to their customers for improved performance and compliance with data residency requirements. Azure is trusted by millions of customers worldwide, including startups, governments, and Fortune 500 companies.