From the ‘Ethical Concerns’ files:
Microsoft alleged years ago that Linux and Open Source technologies infringe on over 200 Microsoft patents. It’s that basic allegation that Microsoft used to convince Novell/SUSE to sign a a Patent deal and it’s the same basic underpinning for a dozen deals with Android vendors.
So why is Microsoft allowing Linux to run on its Azure cloud? In particular, why Ubuntu?
Perhaps there is some kind of hidden deal. It’s a question I asked Canonical directly